Southend Museums are celebrating 100 years of famous electricity company EKCO and they need your help – Southend-on-Sea City Council

An exciting new exhibit will open at the Central Museum in November to commemorate the upcoming centenary of famed electric utility 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 humble 1922 wireless company 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. Although it is no longer standing, it is still treasured in memory by former 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 be part of EKCO’s centenary celebration, email: [email protected] and you will be contacted for further information.

The EKCO exhibition opens on November 26, 2022 and will run for one year.

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Published: June 20, 2022