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.
Everyone is warmly welcomed to all the events.
Monthly update, November 2018
The highlight of the month's events was the Celebration Week for Wireless in Wales's Tenth Anniversary and Popeth Cymraeg's Thirtieth Anniversary. Thanks to everyone who supported us during the week, and who have supported us since the beginning in 2008!
Among the other events we had another successful Quiz Evening under Martyn's direction and the busiest weekend ever during Denbigh Open Doors. People enjoyed touring the exhibits and listening to the 'Voigt Corner Horn', while others experimented with Encaustic Art. The Radio Amateurs succeeded in contacting other Amateurs in New York and Eastern Europe.
John Clark returned to us to continue his talk about his interest in jewellery. His topic this time was Gold and we were given an insight into how gold was extracted from the earth over the centuries and how it was used. He talked about the Dolau Cothi mines in Carmarthenshire and about an area in Spain where the Romans excavated for gold on a massive scale. He explained how gold was used as coins in the sixth century BC and the problems associated with this as people cut off pieces and kept them.
He particularly referred to the Mold Gold Cape from 1900-1600 BC, in the Bronze Age
which was discovered near Mold in 1833. It may have been part of a ceremonial costume.
We have received two exhibits recently - which caused quite a stir at the Museum! Pictured are two ladies from Lostock Hall, near Preston, presenting an Osram Music Magnet 4 Radio from 1929, containing four valves, and Gecophone Corner Horn to David. The radio was owned originally by a relative of the ladies, Thomas Halliday who was a very enthusiastic Radio Amateur. It is hoped that the radio can be repaired.
The second donation to the Museum was an Ediswan Radiophone, for sale in 1925 for £27. Thanks to Ann and Ifor John for transporting it from Cardiff.
A warm welcome to everyone to our next events:
November 16th, Richard Vernon talking on "In the Recording Studio", at 19.00.
November 30th, Curator's Evening, David Crawford talking about "Thomas Edison: The Man who Almost Invented Radio" at 19.00.
December 1st, 10.00-12.00, a Christmas Coffee Morning at Eirianfa, in association with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Soroptimists.
Monthly Update, October 2018
In October this year, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Wireless in Wales Museum and the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of Popeth Cymraeg. David Jones, founder of these organsations, will be remembered for his contribution to the continuing success of both. The occasion is marked with a series of events for the public:
Monday, October 8th :11.00-15.00 : Radio Amateurs Open Day : Museum Tours.
Tuesday, October 9th : 11.00-15.00 : Museum tours.
Wednesday, October 10th :19.00-21.00 : Demonstration by Angela and Mark from 'Studio MADE'.
Thursday, October 11th :18.00-19.00 : Craft Evening for families :19.00-20.00 : Craft Evening for adults
Friday, October 12th : 11.00-14.00 : Reception for friends, supporters and the media, by invitation only.
Saturday, October 13th : 9.30-15.30 : Welsh course and celebration.
We are also celebrating the establishment of a Radio Amateur Club which meets at the Museum every Monday, and which has recently become affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain. The Amateurs established a station here on April 28th, 2014, after creating an antenna and feeder, and they succeeded in contacting 5 other Amateurs in the UK and 1 in the USA. On June 13th, 2014, they obtained a special callsign from Ofcom,"GB0WIW", and they succeeded in contacting 24 other Amateurs on that day. By now, the Club has 11 members and the Callsign has been heard over Europe and even as far as South America. Pictured are some of the members with John Pritchard, North Wales representative of the Radio Society of Great Britain.
We look forward to other events in the autumn also:
October 19th, Professor Dyfrig Hughes talking on 'New Medicines and the National Health Service' at 19.00.
November 30th, Curator's Evening, David Crawford talking on "Thomas Edison: The Man Who Almost Invented Radio" at 19.00.
1st December, 10.00-12.00, Christmas Coffee Morning at Eirianfa, in association with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Soroptimists.
Thanks to Professor Dyfrig Hughes for his lecture on "The Effectiveness and Safety of Medication" earlier in the year. He talked about the history of medication development from the Egyptian period to today and the different types of medication which exist. He noted the need to regulate medicines to ensure that they are of high quality, and safe and effective. He described the process of developing new medications starting by detecting a chemical, carrying out tests in healthy volunteers and then carrying out tests on patients, focusing on safety throughout the process.
Wireless in Wales is always eager to send speakers to societies, schools and colleges who contact us. Recently, David, our Curator, has been giving talks to Ruthin U3A, Ruthin Probus, North Wales Radio Amateur Club in Llandudno, Dragon Radio Amateur Club in LlanfairPG and the Anglesey Society of Vintage Machinery.
It is sad to record the death of one of the Museum's loyal supporters, Alun Rawson Williams. A quiet gentleman who showed his knowledge and interest in the wireless field by leading visitors around the Museum. We send our sympathies to his family.