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 Monthly Update, November 2017



This is a Minifon P55 miniature wire recorder, from 1955, which was presented to the Museum recently.  The wire recorder was invented by Valdemar Poulsen from Denmark, who also carried out significant work with early radio broadcasting.  The recorder worked rather like a tape recorder, as a very thin steel wire was pulled accross the recording / playback head at high speed. This gave a very long recording time, often up to one hour, which compared very favourably with the gramophone record. The wire recorders were very poplular 1945-1954 as dictation machines and for home recordings, but they were gradually replaced by tape recorders.











We had a very successful weekend at the Museum during Denbigh 'Open Doors'.  More than sixty people visited the Museum, many of them from outside the town.  Guided tours were arranged, along with demonstrations by the Radio Amateurs and art and craft sessions for children and adults.  The highlight of the weekend was Lowri Jones's re-enactment of the life and successes of "David Edward Hughes the Inventor" through the eyes of Blodwen, the maid.



















Our series of monthly talks continues apace.  The next talks are:

In English - 'Denbigh and the Western Front', by Clwyd Wynne and Cliff Kearns on November 17th.


And in Welsh - 'The Campaign for S4C', by Angharad Tomos, on November 24th.

The lectures commence at 7.00 p.m. and light refreshments follow.  A warm welcome to everyone.


Our joint Coffee Morning this year is on December 2nd at Eirianfa, at 10.00 a.m., with MaryDei and Vale of Clwyd Mind.




Monthly update, October 2017



The summer proved to be a busy time for Wireless in Wales.  In addition to the usual maintenance, and welcoming visitors, we took exhibitions to a number of places: 

The Science and Technology Pavilion in the National Eisteddfod in Môn


The Radio Amateur Event in the Llyn Brenig Centre 


The Denbighshire Archives during Ruthin's 'Open Doors'


The North Wales Radio Society from Llandudno visited the Museum one evening also.



Ieuan Wyn Jones, the former deputy first minister, was our speaker in September.  He gave a very interesting talk on his work as Director of Menai Science Park or M-SParc.  He talked about how science parks in other parts of the world had made a significant contribution to the local economy and had created good jobs.  He explained that the company was working with Bangor University to forge a link between the University and small and large companies.  The park's first building near Gaerwen will open next year.  It will contain offices, laboratories, workshops, a cafe etc.  He said that they already have 8 tenants which is a good number initially for such a park .


A full programme of activities has been arranged for the Autumn season.

English Lectures:

'The Victorian Pharmacy', by Sue Clark, on October 20th.

'Denbigh and the Western Front', by Clwyd Wynne and Cliff Kearns, on November 17th.


Welsh Lectures:

'The Campaign for S4C', by Angharad Tomos, on November 24th.

The lectures commence at 7.00 p.m. and are followed by light refreshments.  A warm welcome to all.

Our Coffee Morning will be held jointly with MaryDei and Mind, in Eirianfa, on December 2nd, at 10.00 a.m.


Monthly Update, July 2017. 


On Friday evening, May 19th, Steffan Tudor, the Head of the Physics Department at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, gave us a very comprehensive lecture on Particle Physics and his Visit to C.E.R.N., “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire” in Geneva in 2015.  The lecture was interactive and Mr. Tudor questioned the audience and used experiments to develop his talk.  By looking at the number and quality of the questions and comments from the audience at the end of the lecture, the evening was a huge success.  Thanks to him for his enthusiasm.

Our Open Day on the following day was a success also, as we took part in the Gwanwyn Festival.  This is a festival which celebrates creativity amongst older people and we tried our hand at Encaustic Art and watched how a Sparks Transmitter works.  People also admired the "new" Voigt Corner Horn and were astounded at the quality of the sound.


£334 was raised in the Coffee Morning in Eirianfa on June 3rd, in conjunction with Denbigh Film Club.  Thanks to everyone who supported us, especially the Mayor and Mayoress.





















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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.



Friday 24th November 7 - 10pm   

"Yr Ymgyrch am S4C"

Speaker: Angharad Tomos.

(This talk will be through the medium of Welsh)


Saturday 2nd December 10:00 - 12:00 Coffee Morning in conjuction with MaryDei and MIND in Eirianfa, Denbigh. LL16 3TS



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