The Welsh radio museum
Gwefr Heb Wifrau - Wireless in Wales, a charitable trust, is a small radio museum with a difference. With its emphasis on the history of broadcasting in Wales, the influence of broadcasting on our national identity and the contribution of the Welsh to the development of wireless technology it is unique. We have an interesting collection of old radio equipment and books, as well as educational and informative displays. The Museum is based around the collection of the late David Evan Jones and was opened just a few weeks after his death in 2008.
We were officially re-accredited by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government in May 2018.
The museum is open on Mondays, 11.00 - 15.00 and the first Saturday of every month, 11:00 -1500. Group and private visits are welcome at any other time, by appointment, throughout the year.
Wireless in Wales provides a safe and secure environment for volunteers and visitors, including wheelchair access throughout the building, a hearing loop and exhibits for safe handling. Our staff are trained and experienced in looking after visitors with disabilities.
Monthly update, April 2019.
To mark the 10th Anniversary of Wireless in Wales in October 2018, a sculpture was commissioned from Studio MADE which would combine elements from the world of art, science and technology. The completed work was presented to the Museum during the David Edward Hughes Memorial Lecture on March 15th, 2019. Mark and Angela described the process of designing and creating the work, after studying the Museum's collection, with the intention of transmitting light and sound across interactive digital sculptures. They also described how the exhibition in the Studio at the Denbigh Open Doors weekend was formed, which included images of artefacts from the collection and old videos from the world of radio. A very enthusiastic response was received from members of the audience, and it is hoped to be able to use the sculpture in the future in our work with children and young people. The pictures show Mark and Angela setting up the sculpture and Mark showing Vesi how to use it.
'Geography, Geology and Gemstones' was the subject of Tony Vine's lecture recently. He described how a new interest was sparked in him after retiring, when he saw a bucket full of beach stones and a stone-tumbler nearby. The interest has grown to be a passion by now and he acknowledges that he is a 'Jeweller with a passion for gemstones and fossils ’. He gave us an explanation of how gemstones have been formed in different types of rocks over the years and how they come to the surface. He talked about how the continents had moved in the past, noting two points of remarkable interest - Scotland used to be attached to Norway, as the same range of granite mountains can be seen in both countries; the American continent is drifting 2½ cm away from the continent of Europe each year. Tony is pictured with part of his collection of gemstones, jewellery and fossils.
The Museum was buzzing on Saturday morning, March 2nd, when a number of activities were held there at the same time. The Radio Amateurs were busy contacting other amateurs across the world, the children were upstairs enjoying the Craft Morning and the rest of us were enjoying the delights of the Coffee Morning. In addition to this, visitors came from Cheshire to Denbigh to see our collection.
The Radio Amateurs
People enjoying the Coffee Morning
Bryn Humphreys, a Wireless in Wales supporter, is pictured, wearing a radio cap which he bought whilst watching the Le Mans Motor Race in France in 1990, in order to listen to the English commentary. Note the aerial and tuning and volume buttons on the right (of Bryn) and a bag containing the battery on the left.
Two lectures will be held in our series on Friday evenings at 19.00 before the summer:
May 17th, Sue Clark will talk about “The Editing and Manipulation of Photography”.
June 21st, Mike Farnworth will talk about “The Welsh in Liverpool”.
As part of the Denbigh Midsummer Festival, we will also be holding:
A Summer Coffee Morning and Plant Stall at the Museum, 01/06/19, 10.00-12.00.
A Craft Morning for children aged 6-12, 01/06/19, 10.30-12.30. Please contact the Museum to book a place.
A Quiz Night, 11/06/19, 19.00 - 21.00.
A Hands-on Technical Day for Families, 15/06/19, 11.00-15.00.
A warm welcome to all and thank you for your support.
Monthly Update, March 2019
'Community Digital Broadcasting' was the title of the first Wireless in Wales Museum lecture in 2019 and an inspirational lecture was given by Selwyn Williams and Ceri Cunnington from BROcast Ffestiniog. BROcast is a community media platform in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Area which was established following a visit to Radio Beca in Felinfach, Ceredigion. It uses the Web, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc for social, community purposes, to enable local voices to communicate with each other. The intention is to celebrate communities, as well as to share ideas about the challenges which exist in rural communities, and to inspire social and economic regeneration. Most of BROcast Ffestiniog's output currently includes videos on topics of local interest and which promote the area, topics about individuals and societies. Most of them are in Welsh, with subtitles. A number of these films were shown during the talk and there was a very enthusiastic response from the audience. We had a glimpse of what can be done when a community works together.
Selwyn Williams and Joan Santana
Only a small number of people succeeded in getting to our latest Quiz Night, because of the ice and snow. Even so, it was a very enjoyable evening, with a cuppa and bara brith, and everyone had a prize to enjoy at home.
This is a picture of work created in the Craft Morning.
The Museum has just bought two Osram N30 valves on Ebay. These unusual valves are part of a series of valves introduced by Osram in the 1930s. They were easy to keep cool and therefore very stable, but because they could not adapt to the changes in radio technology they came to an end.