Exhibition to celebrate 100 years of Southend’s famous electricity company EKCO

A new exhibition will open at the Central Museum in Southend in November to commemorate the famous electricity company EKCO founded in 1926.

Southend Museums already have the largest collection of EKCO-related artifacts, photographs and memorabilia in the world, but they want Southend residents, past and present, to supplement this archive by sharing their memories of the company.

Founded by Southend resident Eric Kirkham Cole, EKCO has grown from a modest wireless company in 1922 to an international brand producing everything from vital wartime technology to radios, televisions and household plastic goods.

The EKCO factory was based in Prittlewell, where the aptly named Ekco Park housing estate now stands, and it was the town’s largest employer with up to 8,000 employees.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, Deputy Chief and Cabinet Member for Environment, Culture and Tourism, said: ‘The Southend Museum curators would love to hear the stories and memories of anyone with ties to the EKCO company.

“If you, a relative or someone you know has a history or memory of EKCO, please contact Southend Museums to help the team build an oral history and bring the many artefacts on display to life. ”

To share your memories and participate in the celebration of EKCO’s centenary, send an e-mail: [email protected] and you will be contacted with more information.

The EKCO exhibition opens on November 26 and will run for one year.