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Museum Events 2018 - 2019

A SERIES OF TALKS AND EVENTS AT WIRELESS IN WALES RADIO MUSEUM DENBIGH 2018 – 2019

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Friday 21st September  7pm - 9pm   "Your Ring-The Human Cost". Speaker: John Clark

 

 

OCTOBER 2018

Friday 19th October      7pm - 9pm  "New Medicines and the NHS": Speaker: Professor Dyfrig Hughes

    

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Friday 16th November   7pm - 9pm  "The Welsh in Liverpool": Speaker : Mike Farnworth

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Friday 30th November  7pm - 9pm : Curators Evening:

"Thomas Edison: The Man who nearly invented Radio": Speaker David Crawford

 

  

DECEMBER 2018

 

 

JANUARY 2019  

Friday 18th January  7pm - 9pm "Community Digital Radio":  Speaker Dr Selwyn Williams

 

 

FEBRUARY 2019

Friday February 15th  7pm - 9pm : "Geography, Geology and Gemstones":  Speaker Tony Vine

 

 

MARCH 2019

Friday March 15th  7pm - 9pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": "MADE Studio: Carriageworks Denbigh : Art in Science and Technology". Speakers: Studio Artists

 

 

APRIL 2019

Friday 5th April  7pm - 9pm: "Heading for the City : Following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser": Speaker: Christopher Lees

 

 

MAY 2019

Friday 17th May  7pm - 9pm : "The Editing and Manipulation of Photography": Speaker: Sue Clark

 

 

JUNE 2019

Friday 21st June 7pm - 9pm: "In the Recording Studio" : Speaker Richard Vernon

 

 

PLEASE KEEP REFERRING TO THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Monthly update, June 2018.

Monthly update, June 2018.

 

 

It has been a busy period at the Wireless in Wales Museum recently. Vesi and Barbara attended the Denbighshire Tourism Forum at the Oriel House Hotel.

 

 

Philip Wensley from the Welsh Government's Museums, Archives and Libraries Departmentcame to accredit the Museum for the second time. The Museums Service of Wales Accreditation Scheme is a national scheme which sets standards for museum management, care of collections and service to the public, and it's good to say that we have achieved the standard once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our radios, the Foulkes Regenerative Receiver, is part of the North East Wales Heritage Forum "100 Objects" Exhibition at Wrexham Museum until 30/06/18. The exhibition also has arrow heads from Denbigh Castle, on loan from Denbighshire Heritage Service, a straight jacket and a Gwasg Gee block from the Denbigh Museum and a 1910 phonograph from Caerwys Historical Society. This particular phonograph recorded the folk songs of Denbighshire and Flintshire in the period, including 'Cadi Ha'.

We held our Annual General Meeting on 20/04/18 and everyone was thanked for their hard work throughout the year. The meeting was followed by two films about the 'Ocean Monarch' and 'Lelia' shipwrecks, presented by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.

 

 

The 'Ocean Monarch' was a ship carrying emigrants to America and 178 were killed in a fire soon after leaving the port of Liverpool on 24/08/1848. Over 200 people were rescued and brought back to Liverpool. The bodies were washed up along the North Wales coast, especially at Pensarn and Prestatyn. Dr. Evan Pierce from Denbigh was the coroner in the case, and there is a monument to the disaster at St. Michael's Church in Abergele. 

 

The paddle steamer 'Lelia' was built in Toxteth in 1864, as a ship that would take part in the American civil war. The intention was to sail her, full of coal, under the captaincy of Captain Skinner, as far as the Azores, and then change her flag and captain to Arthur Sinclair, who was a confederate. On 05/01/1865 the 'Lelia' left the Mersey on her first voyage but the weather soon worsened. The anchors were raised by the sea and thrown through the deck causing a hole. Only 12 people were saved. The remains of both ships remain at the bottom of the sea along the North Wales coast and artefacts can be seen in the new maritime museum "Ships Timbers" in Llandudno.

 

On 27/04/18, Ioan Talfryn lectured on "In ignorance.  Aspects on the work of T.H. Parry-Williams". T.H. Parry-Williams was a polymath, a leading scientist, a linguist, an author, Professor of the Welsh Department of Aberystwyth University and he was the first poet to win the Crown and the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in the same year. "In ignorance" is a quotation from the poem "For My Elders" and Ioan discussed the "ignorance", and uncertainty seen in the poems. He referred to the unusual experiences which the poet had in particular places and the mystical experiences described. Ioan's favourite poetry, it's clear!

 

Our volunteers attend events in the community fairly regularly. Recently, David visited the Radio Amateurs who meet in Irby, on the Wirral, to lecture on 'Gramophone Technology and the Development of the 78RPM Record '.

 

 

We had a very successful Quiz Evening recently in Martyn's capable hands. 40 people climbed the stairs into the sunny room and it wasn't only the competing that was hot! Thanks to everyone who supported the evening, raising over £150 for the Museum.

 

There are two lectures remaining in our series before the summer break:

June 15th, 7.00 p.m., "Broadcasting in Wales", by Ifor ap Glyn.
June 22nd, 7.00 p.m., in Welsh, "The Effectiveness and Safety of Medication", by Professor Dyfrig Hughes. 

A warm welcome to everyone.

 

And .......... Martyn has succeeded in getting the Osram Music Magnet Three Radio from 1929 to work!
 

 

Monthly update, July 2018

Monthly update, July 2018

 

Wireless in Wales is a member of the North East Wales Heritage Forum and it was the Forum who recently organised a '100 Object' exhibition at Wrexham Museum, where our Foulkes radio is being displayed. The Forum aims to inspire interest in the diverse heritage of the area, work together on regional projects and publicise the projects.

As a result of this collaboration, people from Wrexham came to our lecture on 'Mining in North East Wales' by Alan Jones, chairman of the North Wales Miners Association Trust. Alan stated that the trust's intention is to "preserve the mining artefacts which still exist and record our mining heritage for future generations". Alan listed the artefacts that they have managed to rescue and preserve since the establishment of the trust, including the Miners Rescue Station, Maesgwyn Road, Wrexham; the big wheel at Llay; the winding engine house in Bersham, which hopefully will be turned in to a Museum; and the brick tub at Rhosllanerchrhugog. They have bought an old library van and adapted it so that it can be used as a small museum on school visits. Alan mentioned the minerals in the area, copper, silver, gold, slate, and coal, and he named the coalfields, including a small coalfield to the north of Denbigh. When he talked about the difficult conditions working underground, one of the audience, Denys, responded by saying that he had been a Bevin Boy during the war. They chatted for a long time, much to the interest of the audience!

Alan, Vesi, Denys and Heather from the Forum

 

On June 15th, the National Poet of Wales came to give us a talk, in English, on 'The Poet as Translator and Ambassador'. Not everyone had realised previously that Ifor ap Glyn had been a member of the steering committee seeking to establish the Language Centre, while living in Denbigh, and it was nice to see him return to the town and the building. He talked about the place and importance of poetry in Welsh culture up to the present day and he spent the evening reading poems from his new bilingual book 'Cuddle Call' (bilingual title!) and explained the background of the poems and essays. He noted that one poem 'Terraces' had been projected onto the side of Big Ben in London on Remembrance Day 2016, in the city where he was born. In Poland, he came across a woman who had learned Welsh and had translated some of his poems to Polish. Recently, he has been to China on a trade and cultural mission from Wales where he had to listen to his poems being read in the native language!

 

Thanks to the Mayor and to everyone else who supported our Coffee Morning in conjunction with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Denbigh Museum. Over £300 was raised.

 

 

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Events

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