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Monthly update, May 2019.

Monthly update, May 2019.

 

Chris Lees was the guest speaker at our lecture in April. Chris is an experienced scuba diver and in 1998 he dived in a bay close to the Hallaniyat Islands, near the southern coast of Oman. The aim of the expedition was to examine the wreck of the City of Winchester ship which was sunk during the First World War in 1914. Chris's grandfather, Alan Lees, was a young Radio Operator on the ship and he kept a very detailled diary of the period. The City of Winchester was on its way home from Calcutta in July 1914, carrying a load of tea, when it received a message from the Government to say that it should turn off its lights and proceed to the nearest British port, due to the start of war. Before this was achieved, the ship was seized by  the Königsberg, a German cruiser, and sunk, after transferring the passengers and cargo. Alan Lees was released into friendly hands and managed to get home. In 1998 Chris had the opportunity to join a team that was going on an expedition to the wreck, fulfilling a lifetime dream. The only thing they could identify as part of a ship, after all the years, was the railings, and a beer bottle as seen in the picture, but the remains are now home to wonderful corals and algae. They stayed in a village on one of the nearby volcanic islands and held education sessions for the children. The area has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected.

 

A number of groups have visited the Museum recently. A Media Studies class from Coleg 

Cambria, Northop, came to spend the afternoon studying the collection. The Merseyside and

  West Cheshire group of the Institution of Engineering and Technology came to listen to a presentation to the Museum on another afternoon. They loved it. And David spoke about Sefton Delmer to the Denbigh Rotary Club at Brookhouse Mill

 

 

 

 


The next photographs shows the latest exhibit in the Wireless in Wales collection, a Portable Transistor Radio from 1956 with its original leather case. This is one of the early transistor radios, made by RCA Victor in New York and it includes four transistors. The first transistor radio was the Regency TR1 and it was produced in the USA in 1954. 400,000 were sold in the first year. Radio performance was poor, but it was the beginning of the transistor revolution which led to the technological world in which we live today.

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless in Wales and Popeth Cymraeg support Denbigh in Bloom's entry in the Wales in Bloom competition and have tidied the ‘garden’ at the main entrance!

 

 

 

  

 
There will be two lectures in our series on Friday evening at 19.00 before the summer:
May 17th, Sue Clark talks about “The Manipulation and Editing of Photography”.
June 21st, Mike Farnworth talks 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 6-12 year olds, 01/06/19, 10.30-12.30. Please contact the Museum to book a place:
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A Quiz Night, 11/06/19, 19.00 - 21.00 - note the new date!

 

A Hands-on Technical Day for Families, 15/06/19, 11.00-15.00.
A warm welcome to all.

Monthly update, April 2019.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

The museum organises regular monthly talks in English or Bilingual.  We also organise several talks in Welsh annually. The talks are usually on a Friday and start at 7pm. Upcoming Events are listed below with the talks emphasized.

 

 

"The Welsh in Liverpool"

Talk by Mike Farnworth : 21/06/2019 : 19:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HLF Project

The 2 year project to develop our learning provision came to an end in April 2013.  It was funded by the Heritage Lotetry Fund and enabled us to have 3 part time members of staff to develop learning resources, improve learning displays, organise events, visits to the museum etc.  Further details available by clicking on Projects in the main menu above or by clicking here.Lottery Logo