Florence Attridge

Radio Technician

Photograph of Florence Attridge as a young woman (with her BEM medal) (Chelmsford Museum 2020)

  • BORN 1901, Chelmsford, Essex
  • DIED 1975, Chelmsford, Essex
  • WORKED Marconi New Street Works, Chelmsford
  • HONOURS Awarded British Empire Medal in 1946, probably for secret wartime defence work

Artistic Connections

None recorded


Unknown, but it was then compulsory to attend school until the age of 12


After the First World War, she worked for many years at Marconi, but probably left in 1950 when she married for the first time

Women workers at Marconi in the 1950s
(From her Wikipedia page/Chelmsford Museum)

Scientific Achievement

There’s a paradox: because her wartime work was secret, it’s impossible to know what she contributed

Did You Know?

She excelled at the meticulous intricate work that made radio communication possible. Women who work behind the scenes are often overlooked, but their role is crucial. Appointed a manager, she must also have shown high administrative skills.

The British Type 3 Mark II radio she may have worked on
(From her Wikipedia page/Chelmsford Museum)