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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.







Monthly Update, March 2019

Monthly Update, March 2019


'Community Digital Broadcasting' was the title of the first Wireless in Wales Museum lecture in 2019 and an inspirational lecture was given by Selwyn Williams and Ceri Cunnington from BROcast Ffestiniog.  BROcast is a community media platform in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Area which was established following a visit to Radio Beca in Felinfach, Ceredigion. It uses the Web, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc for social, community purposes, to enable local voices to communicate with each other. The intention is to celebrate communities, as well as to share ideas about the challenges which exist in rural communities, and to inspire social and economic regeneration. Most of BROcast Ffestiniog's output currently includes videos on topics of local interest and which promote the area, topics about individuals and societies. Most of them are in Welsh, with subtitles. A number of these films were shown during the talk and there was a very enthusiastic response from the audience. We had a glimpse of what can be done when a community works together.




Selwyn Williams and Joan Santana


Only a small number of people succeeded in getting to our latest Quiz Night, because of the ice and snow. Even so, it was a very enjoyable evening, with a cuppa and bara brith, and everyone had a prize to enjoy at home.






This is a picture of work created in the Craft Morning.







The Museum has just bought two Osram N30 valves on Ebay. These unusual valves are part of a series of valves introduced by Osram in the 1930s. They were easy to keep cool and therefore very stable, but because they could not adapt to the changes in radio technology they came to an end.









These are the next lectures in our series on Friday evenings at the Museum at 7.00 pm.:

March 15th, Speakers from Studio MADE will present the David Edward Hughes Memorial Lecture and will talk about ‘Art, Science and Technology’.

April 5th, Christopher Lees will talk about “Heading for the City - following the story of a wireless operator and a German WW1 cruiser”.

May 17th, Sue Clark will talk about “The Editing and Manipulation of Photography”.

Our AGM will be held on March 15th, at 6.00 pm.

A warm welcome to all.

Monthly update, February 2019

Monthly update, February 2019


Since the beginning of the year, Wireless in Wales Museum has been opening its doors to visitors on the first Saturday of the month. This gives the Radio Amateurs a good opportunity to contact other Amateurs around the world as Saturday is the best day to do so. It is also an opportunity for us to hold regular Craft Mornings for schoolchildren aged 6-12, from 10.30 to 12.30. We offer a wide range of crafts for boys and girls, including painting, creating objects, origami, etc., led by Carole and Ann. Places on these Mornings are limited, so please contact

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if you want to book a place. Following is a picture of Hannah and Katie making small animals at the January Craft Morning. They also created flowers from wire and nail varnish,

and snow globes.


The other photograph shows the latest gift the Museum has received. The Cossor Melody Maker model 549 was a wedding gift in 1957 and the radio and the instruction booklet are still in excellent condition. It has LW, MW and SW and was one of the first radios to receive VHF / FM. The name 'Melody Maker' was used by A.C. Cossor Ltd from the late 1920s for about 40 years; the first ones were Kits to be made at home. A. C. Cossor were scientific glass producers in the late 19th century and they began to work in the electronic field during the First World War. In 1936, they produced their first television. During the 2nd World War they manufactured radar equipment and later equipment for airport control towers. Radio and Television production was sold to Philips in 1958 and the company was

sold to Raytheon.




Here are the next lectures in our series on Friday nights at the Museum at 7.00 p.m.:


February 15th, Tony Vine talks about '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 talks on "Heading for the City - following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser".

















Monthly update: January 2019

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.





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.














































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