Monthly update, December 2019
Many thanks to David Roberts, a Radio Amateur who is a regular visitor to the Museum, who delivered two lectures for us recently, one at short notice due to unexpected circumstances. 'The Story of the Sun' was the subject of his first lecture and he began by talking about the importance of the sun to people throughout history. In Ancient Egypt, for example, people worshipped the sun as a god; Louis XIV of France in the seventeenth century was called the 'Sun King' and currently 14 national flags have a picture of the sun on them. He summarised the scientific advances in solar studies over the centuries, especially in the Renaissance period. Copernicus realised that the sun was the centre of the solar system, and not the earth as previously thought. In 1608, Hans Lipperhey invented a telescope, and in 1609 Galileo Galilei produced his 'perspective glass' and was placed under house arrest by the Inquisition for doing so. In 1661, King Charles II founded the Royal Society (for Improving Natural Knowledge), one of whose founders was Newton who was carrying out experiments on light. The King also established the Royal Greenwich Observatory in 1676, for navigation. David then went on to talk about more recent studies on the sun and other planets, referring to solar probes which photograph the sun as they pass - some of which are still in orbit. The Hubble space telescope has shown the location of the earth and the solar system in our galaxy - the earth is in the habitable area known as the 'goldilocks' area. The lecture concluded with a very lively question-and-answer session, which demonstrated the broad knowledge and interest of the audience in the field.
"A thread across the ocean, the first Transatlantic cable” was the subject of David's second lecture, when he summarised the attempts to connect south-western Ireland with eastern Canada by telegraph. Fredric Newton Gisbourne was the first to start the work by laying a cable from St. John's to Halifax in south-eastern Canada in 1852. In 1857 under the sponsorship of Cyrus West Field, experimentation began on the Atlantic Ocean. In the first two attempts, two ships carrying miles of cable each were sent to meet in the middle of the ocean, and the cable was lowered into the sea as they travelled back to their ports, but the attempt failed. In 1858 a cable was successfully laid in place, and Queen Victoria sent a message to the President of the USA and received a reply, but the cable broke shortly afterwards. Thomas Brassey sponsored the fourth attempt in 1865, when only one ship was used, but that cable was also impaired. In 1866 a new cable was produced and that was the "first Transatlantic cable", which enabled messages to be sent from Ireland to Canada and back. Cyrus West Field, because of his persistence over the years, was the one responsible for this achievement, and by the time of his death 10 cables spanned the Atlantic Ocean carrying ever-increasing traffic.
At the November Craft Morning, Carole demonstrated how to decorate bottles and place a light inside them. In the first photograph, Imogen, Ann, Tomos and Eva are working diligently. In the second photograph, they are displaying their bottles, and those of Hannah and Katie also. There is room for one or two others to join us on these Craft Mornings on the first Saturday of the month, if you wish.
Everyone is welcome to our lecture series at 7.00 pm on Friday nights at the Museum:
On December 13th, David Crawford will present
"A Night of the BBC Test Card and music".
January 17th is the Curator's Night, and David Crawford will talk about
On February 21st, John Barr will talk about
"Building the Conwy Tunnel".
On March 20th, Dr. Hywel Watkin will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture, and will talk about
"Humphrey Llwyd the Cartographer from Foxhall".
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.
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 "The story of the Sun". Speaker David Roberts
Friday 15th November 7pm - 9pm “A Thread Across the Ocean, the first Transatlantic cable”. Speaker: David Roberts
Friday 13th December 7pm - 9pm "An evening of Test Card and Music": Speaker: David Crawford
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
PLEASE KEEP REFERRING TO THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Monthly update, July 2019
A number of activities were held at the Museum as part of the Denbigh Midsummer Festival celebrations. The first was the Coffee Morning on the first day of June and thanks to everyone who supported us, including people who travelled specifically from Rhyl and Llangollen. While people drank their coffee and chatted downstairs, others were enjoying a craft session upstairs. The children created suns from salt dough, baked them in the oven and painted and varnished them. They also created origami suns. The adults painted silk and created very attractive greeting cards. The Craft Sessions are held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the year, 10.30-12.30, and are open to 6-12 year olds. Anyone is welcome to pop in. Our Education Team is also keen to visit schools and children's groups, to organise activities related to broadcasting and the Radios Museum.
Thank you to everyone who was brave enough to come to the Quiz Night on an exceptionally wet evening! It was an evening of keen competition and fun.
A Technical Hands-On Day was held on the 15th and it was good to see families popping in. Rhys and Seren are pictured working on Morse Code. It was also good to welcome a visitor from Liverpool Museum to our midst for the second time.
The Museum will be open every Monday and Saturday in July and August. We will also be at the Denbigh Show and in the Science Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. From the beginning of September we will be opening on Friday instead of Monday, and on the first Saturday of every month. It is possible, of course, for anyone to visit the Museum at any time, by prior arrangement on email,
The Lady in the Valve
By kind permission of the National Valve Museum