Monthly update, January 2019
The end of 2018 was a very busy time for the Museum.
Richard Vernon, bass guitarist of the 'The Mission' rock band, gave a talk on his experiences of life 'on the road'. He was raised on Anglesey and he bought a bass guitar for himself with money which had been saved for something else. He joined the musical world by accident almost and has travelled to many different countries during his career. He described world tours which lasted 80 days without a break, and life on the customised coaches which were made to make life more bearable. He talked about the loneliness and depression that many musicians suffer from and the need then to rise to the occasion and perform for new audiences. The picture shows 'Rich' performing in 2016.
On the Curator's Evening, David Crawford spoke about the inventor Thomas Edison, 'The Man who almost invented radio'. When Edison was working on a project to improve the telegraph system for the Western Union company in USA, he noticed that sparks appeared in a section of the equipment where he did not expect that to happen. In 1875, without much evidence, he announced in the New York Times that he had discovered a new force which he named 'The Etheric force' - the newspaper can be seen in our Museum. The claims were rejected by the scientific establishment at the time, but this gave the Welshman David Edward Hughes an opportunity to experiment further for two years. Later, Heinrich Hertz proved that Edison and David Edward Hughes's claims were correct. This 'new' force which had been discovered was high frequency radio waves. Amongst the many other things that Edison invented was a ship to shore radio system, which he sold to Marconi's later.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas Coffee Morning in conjunction with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Soroptimists. We raised over £400 between us.
Everyone is welcome to our next lectures which are held at the Museum on Fridays at 7 o'clock.
January 18th, Dr. Selwyn Williams talking on 'Community Digital Radio.
February 15th, Tony Vine talking on 'Geography, Geology and Gemstones'.
March 15th, Speakers from StudioMADE will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture and speak on 'Art, Science and Technology'.
April 5th, Christopher Lees talking on "Heading for the City - following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser".
In addition, there will be a Film Night at Theatr Twm o'r Nant on January 26th and a Quiz Evening at the Museum on January 31st.