The Lady in the Valve
By kind permission of the National Valve Museum
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,
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
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.