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.
A SERIES OF TALKS AND EVENTS AT WIRELESS IN WALES RADIO MUSEUM DENBIGH 2019 – 2020
Friday 20th September 7pm - 9pm "What glaciers have done for us". Speaker: Dr Frank Nicholson
Friday 18th October 7pm - 9pm "Thomas Telford and his Chirk to Holyhead Road": Speaker: David Richards
Friday 15th November 7pm - 9pm “A Thread Across the Ocean, the first Transatlantic cable”. Speaker: David Roberts
Friday 13th December 7pm - 9pm "Music on the Air". Ken Taylor
Friday 17th January 7pm - 9pm "Curators Evening" : "The Transistor": Speaker: David Crawford
Friday February 21st 7pm - 9pm : "Construction of the Conwy Tunnel": Speaker John Barr
Friday March 20th 7pm - 9pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": "The Cartographer Humphrey Llwyd of Foxhall".
Speaker : Dr Hywel Watkin
Friday 3rd April 7pm - 9pm: "Sacred Welsh wells - a living link to the Pagan past": Speaker: Mike Farnworth
Friday 15th May 7pm - 9pm : "Researching your family history": Speaker: Alison Bromley
Friday 19th June 7pm - 9pm: "Our Wild Coast": Speaker : Eurig Jones
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There was great excitement in the Museum recently when we were given on loan one of the rarest exhibits ever, an Edison Idelia Phonograph, 65794, from 1908. Fewer than 500 of them were produced and this may be one of the rarest ones remaining, still in their original form. It has a mahogany cygnet horn and a sapphire stylus, not steel. It plays Edison Amberol cylinders, two minutes and four minutes, and there are approximately 70 of them in the collection lent to us, including Romain's 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine' - photographed. Martyn has succeeded in getting the Phonograph to work and we have found a company in the USA which can supply a new rubber tube to connect the horn to the Phonograph.
There are also a number of 78RPM Welsh records from the 1930-40s in the collection, including David Lloyd singing Aberystwyth, as seen in the picture, and Jac and Wil singing 'Oh Tell Mam I'm coming' on the Welsh Qualiton label.
“The Manipulation and Editing of Photography” was Sue Clark's subject when she came to talk to us during May. She referred to the phrase, “The camera never lies”, but by the end of the evening, we were all of the opinion that it is not possible to believe what we see in a photograph. She had a number of pictures to show us, including the first photograph to be changed, or 'edited', ever in 1846. Since then, a number of different ways of editing and manipulating photographs have been used. One of the first methods was to paint the negative before printing, and so it was possible to add things to the original picture. This led to a number of stories about ghosts, and even about a monster in a lake in Scotland. It was also possible to delete something, such as a cigarette in Paul McCartney's hand, or to change something in the original photograph by painting. During the Victorian period when people were dissatisfied with the portrait taken of them by the photographer, a‘retouchist’ was on hand to improve the pictures.
Another method of editing photographs was to take more than one picture and combine them; a notable example was'The two ways of life' picture created from 32 negatives over six weeks. This led to the creation of composite photographs, by cutting pictures and putting them together and creating a collage. This was a useful way of creating a picture of a crowd of people, such as college students. It was also a good way of producing propaganda, and many satirical montages were produced between the two world wars.
Today, computer software is responsible for editing photographs, and it is used widely and very successfully, often with very unexpected, very serious results among the young, as they see the ultra-thin bodies of their heroes. Yes indeed, the camera can lie!
A warm welcome to everyone to our events at the Museum during the Mid-Summer Festival:
11/06/19, Quiz Night, 19.00 - 21.00.
15/06/19, A Technical Hands-on Day for Families, 11.00-15.00.
21/06/19, a lecture by Mike Farnworth on “The Welsh in Liverpool”, 19.00.