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 Fridays, 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: November 2019
The 2019-2020 lecture series commenced with a talk by Dr. Frank Nicholson on “What glaciers have done for us”. A very timely subject after the funeral of the Okjokull glacier in Iceland in August and on the exact day of the global protest against climate change led by Greta Thunberg and young people. Dr. Nicholson showed us beautiful glaciers in different parts of the world today and described the Ice Age over Europe and Wales 18,000 years ago. The impact of the Ice Age is seen in the landscape, with the glacial valleys, corries, ridges and deposits that underpin the soil and aggregates we use. Present day glaciers are an important source of water for hydroelectricity generation but the water can flow to the sea and raise the sea level, which would then threaten many islands and cities around the world and force people to move. He suggested that if the ice cap on Greenland melted the Gulf Stream would stop and Wales would be much colder.
The Open Doors weekend at the Museum was busy with visitors from far and wide. Thanks to everyone who supported our Coffee Morning on the Saturday.
Our Craft Mornings on the first Saturday of every month are growing in popularity, with adults as well as children now attending. Plums were the theme of October's Craft Morning as it coincided with the Denbigh Plum Festival. In the first picture, Tomos, Eva, Imogen and Zoe are making plums from clay.
And here's the finished work.
Judith and Heather are pictured painting cotton shopping bags with plums and other autumn items, led by Avril. Thanks to Carole for organising.
We would like to thank our Museum Mentor Susan Dalloe for her guidance and support to us since the beginning of Wireless in Wales. We wish her well as she moves to a new job in London. We welcome Carly Davies who will be taking her place and look forward to working with her.
We would like to thank Clwyd Wynne for being Chair of the Committee for some years. We appreciate his contribution to the development of the Museum. We welcome Carole Lomax as our new Chair and thank her for her activity on behalf of the Museum.
Also, thanks to the new volunteers who have recently joined us.
All are welcome to our series of lectures at 7.00 pm on Friday night at the Museum:
On November 15th, David Roberts will talk about
"A Thread across the ocean, the first Transatlantic cable".
On December 13th, David Crawford will present
"An Evening of the BBC Test Card and music".
January 17th is the Curator's Evening, and David Crawford will talk about "The Transistor".
We also plan to hold a Quiz Night in the near future. Watch the website for details.
Our Christmas Coffee Morning with Stalls will be on December 7th at Eirianfa, in conjunction with Vale of Clwyd Mind and St.Thomas's Church Guild, 10.00-12.00. Everyone is welcome as always.