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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