The Welsh radio museum
Gwefr Heb Wifrau - Wireless in Wales, a charitable trust, is a small radio museum with a difference. With its emphasis on the history of broadcasting in Wales, the influence of broadcasting on our national identity and the contribution of the Welsh to the development of wireless technology it is unique. We have an interesting collection of old radio equipment and books, as well as educational and informative displays. The Museum is based around the collection of the late David Evan Jones and was opened just a few weeks after his death in 2008.
We were officially re-accredited by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government in May 2018.
The museum is open on Mondays, 11.00 - 15.00, with the exception of bank holidays. Group and private visits are welcome at any other time, by appointment, throughout the year.
Wireless in Wales provides a safe and secure environment for volunteers and visitors, including wheelchair access throughout the building, a hearing loop and exhibits for safe handling. Our staff are trained and experienced in looking after visitors with disabilities.
A SERIES OF TALKS AND EVENTS AT WIRELESS IN WALES RADIO MUSEUM DENBIGH 2018 – 2019
Friday 21st September 7pm - 9pm "Your Ring-The Human Cost". Speaker: John Clark
Friday 19th October 7pm - 9pm "New Medicines and the NHS": Speaker: Professor Dyfrig Hughes
Friday 16th November 7pm - 9pm “In the Recording Studio”. Speaker: Richard Vernon
Friday 30th November 7pm - 9pm : Curators Evening:
"Thomas Edison: The Man who nearly invented Radio": Speaker David Crawford
Friday 18th January 7pm - 9pm "Community Digital Radio": Speaker Selwyn Williams
Friday February 15th 7pm - 9pm : "Geography, Geology and Gemstones": Speaker Tony Vine
Friday March 15th 7pm - 9pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": "MADE Studio: Carriageworks Denbigh : Art in Science and Technology". Speakers: Studio Artists
Friday 5th April 7pm - 9pm: "Heading for the City : Following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser": Speaker: Christopher Lees
Friday 17th May 7pm - 9pm : "The Editing and Manipulation of Photography": Speaker: Sue Clark
Friday 21st June 7pm - 9pm: "The Welsh in Liverpool": Speaker : Mike Farnworth
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Monthly Update, December 2018
It was good to be able to invite Professor Dyfrig Hughes to the Museum once again. His subject this time was 'New Medications and the National Health Service' and he began by talking about the improvements in medications which have occurred since the Second World War. People suffering from cancer, heart disease, lung disorders and HIV are able to live longer. He showed how successful the flu vaccine had been, with a significant reduction in the number of victims since the early 90's. The National Health Service spent £20 billion last year on medications, which is a significant part of the year's expenditure. When considering new medications, therefore, the authorities must choose which ones to market and decide on the cost - some are too expensive to buy. In Wales, the emphasis currently is on disease prevention, which is the reason for providing free prescriptions for everyone.
We had a musical evening recently at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, when the Huw Warren Jazz Trio came to entertain the audience. This evening was a part of the Arts Council of Wales scheme, 'Staging Entertainment in your Community', and we thank them for their support, along with Denbighshire County Council, the Carriageworks and Menter Iaith Dinbych. An evening of wonder at the talent and skills of some of our national musicians!
We have made contact with the 'Internal Fire Museum of Power' at Tanygroes, Ceredigion. This is the only accredited Museum which exists to record the history of the internal combustion engine, and the volunteers there have managed to get many of the machines to work. In the collection there are several maritime radios used to connect ships to the shore, to navigate and to locate other active radio stations. They also have one of four diesel generators from the BBC Moorside Edge Station, near Huddersfield, which was used when there was a cut in electricity supply, a Strowder telephone exchange and an interesting collection of valves.
We look forward to our next events:
January 18th, 7.00 p.m. Dr. Selwyn Williams will talk on 'Community Digital Radio'.
January 25th, a Film Night at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, to raise money for the Museum.
February 15th, 7.00 p.m., Tony Vine will talk on 'Geography, Geology and Gemstones'.
March 15th, 7.00 p.m., Speakers from StudioMADE will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture and talk on 'Art, Science and Technology'.
A Quiz Evening to be arranged.