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Monthly update, July 2019

Monthly update, July 2019


A number of activities were held at the Museum as part of the Denbigh Midsummer Festival celebrations. The first was the Coffee Morning on the first day of June and thanks to everyone who supported us, including people who travelled specifically from Rhyl and Llangollen. While people drank their coffee and chatted downstairs, others were enjoying a craft session upstairs. The children created suns from salt dough, baked them in the oven and painted and varnished them. They also created origami suns. The adults painted silk and created very attractive greeting cards. The Craft Sessions are held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the year, 10.30-12.30, and are open to 6-12 year olds. Anyone is welcome to pop in. Our Education Team is also keen to visit schools and children's groups, to organise activities related to broadcasting and the Radios Museum.



Thank you to everyone who was brave enough to come to the Quiz Night on an exceptionally wet evening! It was an evening of keen competition and fun.




A Technical Hands-On Day was held on the 15th and it was good to see families popping in. Rhys and Seren are pictured working on Morse Code. It was also good to welcome a visitor from Liverpool Museum to our midst for the second time.




The Museum will be open every Monday and Saturday in July and August. We will also be at the Denbigh Show and in the Science Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. From the beginning of September we will be opening on Friday instead of Monday, and on the first Saturday of every month. It is possible, of course, for anyone to visit the Museum at any time, by prior arrangement on email,

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Monthly update, May 2019.

Monthly update, May 2019.


Chris Lees was the guest speaker at our lecture in April. Chris is an experienced scuba diver and in 1998 he dived in a bay close to the Hallaniyat Islands, near the southern coast of Oman. The aim of the expedition was to examine the wreck of the City of Winchester ship which was sunk during the First World War in 1914. Chris's grandfather, Alan Lees, was a young Radio Operator on the ship and he kept a very detailled diary of the period. The City of Winchester was on its way home from Calcutta in July 1914, carrying a load of tea, when it received a message from the Government to say that it should turn off its lights and proceed to the nearest British port, due to the start of war. Before this was achieved, the ship was seized by  the Königsberg, a German cruiser, and sunk, after transferring the passengers and cargo. Alan Lees was released into friendly hands and managed to get home. In 1998 Chris had the opportunity to join a team that was going on an expedition to the wreck, fulfilling a lifetime dream. The only thing they could identify as part of a ship, after all the years, was the railings, and a beer bottle as seen in the picture, but the remains are now home to wonderful corals and algae. They stayed in a village on one of the nearby volcanic islands and held education sessions for the children. The area has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected.


A number of groups have visited the Museum recently. A Media Studies class from Coleg 

Cambria, Northop, came to spend the afternoon studying the collection. The Merseyside and

  West Cheshire group of the Institution of Engineering and Technology came to listen to a presentation to the Museum on another afternoon. They loved it. And David spoke about Sefton Delmer to the Denbigh Rotary Club at Brookhouse Mill





The next photographs shows the latest exhibit in the Wireless in Wales collection, a Portable Transistor Radio from 1956 with its original leather case. This is one of the early transistor radios, made by RCA Victor in New York and it includes four transistors. The first transistor radio was the Regency TR1 and it was produced in the USA in 1954. 400,000 were sold in the first year. Radio performance was poor, but it was the beginning of the transistor revolution which led to the technological world in which we live today.






Wireless in Wales and Popeth Cymraeg support Denbigh in Bloom's entry in the Wales in Bloom competition and have tidied the ‘garden’ at the main entrance!





There will be two lectures in our series on Friday evening at 19.00 before the summer:
May 17th, Sue Clark talks about “The Manipulation and Editing of Photography”.
June 21st, Mike Farnworth talks about “The Welsh in Liverpool”.


As part of the Denbigh Midsummer Festival, we will also be holding:
A Summer Coffee Morning and Plant Stall at the Museum, 01/06/19, 10.00-12.00.
A Craft Morning for 6-12 year olds, 01/06/19, 10.30-12.30. Please contact the Museum to book a place:
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A Quiz Night, 11/06/19, 19.00 - 21.00 - note the new date!


A Hands-on Technical Day for Families, 15/06/19, 11.00-15.00.
A warm welcome to all.

Museum Events 2019 - 2020




Friday 20th September  7pm - 9pm   "What glaciers have done for us". Speaker: Dr Frank Nicholson 




Friday 18th October      7pm - 9pm  "The story of the Sun". Speaker David Roberts



Friday 15th November   7pm - 9pm “A Thread Across the Ocean, the first Transatlantic cable”. Speaker: David Roberts




Friday 13th December  7pm - 9pm  "An evening of Test Card and Music": Speaker: David Crawford



JANUARY 2020  

Friday 17th January  7pm - 9pm  "Curators Evening" : "The Transistor":  Speaker:  David Crawford




Friday February 21st  7pm - 9pm : "Construction of the Conwy Tunnel":  Speaker John Barr



MARCH 2020

Friday March 20th  7pm - 9pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": "The Cartographer Humphrey Llwyd of Foxhall".

Speaker : Dr Hywel Watkin



APRIL 2020

Friday 3rd April  7pm - 9pm:  "Sacred Welsh wells - a living link to the Pagan past": Speaker: Mike Farnworth



MAY 2020

Friday 15th May  7pm - 9pm : "Researching your family history": Speaker: Alison Bromley



JUNE 2020

Friday 19th June 7pm - 9pm: "Our Wild Coast":  Speaker : Eurig Jones




Monthly Update, June 2019.


There was great excitement in the Museum recently when we were given on loan one of the rarest exhibits ever, an Edison Idelia Phonograph, 65794, from 1908. Fewer than 500 of them were produced and this may be one of the rarest ones remaining, still in their original form. It has a mahogany cygnet horn and a sapphire stylus, not steel. It plays Edison Amberol cylinders, two minutes and four minutes, and there are approximately 70 of them in the collection lent to us, including Romain's 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine' - photographed. Martyn has succeeded in getting the Phonograph to work and we have found a company in the USA which can supply a new rubber tube to connect the horn to the Phonograph.


There are also a number of 78RPM Welsh records from the 1930-40s in the collection, including David Lloyd singing Aberystwyth, as seen in the picture, and Jac and Wil singing 'Oh Tell Mam I'm coming' on the Welsh Qualiton label.


“The Manipulation and Editing of Photography” was Sue Clark's subject when she came to talk to us during May. She referred to the phrase, “The camera never lies”, but by the end of the evening, we were all of the opinion that it is not possible to believe what we see in a photograph. She had a number of pictures to show us, including the first photograph to be changed, or 'edited', ever in 1846. Since then, a number of different ways of editing and manipulating photographs have been used. One of the first methods was to paint the negative before printing, and so it was possible to add things to the original picture. This led to a number of stories about ghosts, and even about a monster in a lake in Scotland. It was also possible to delete something, such as a cigarette in Paul McCartney's hand, or to change something in the original photograph by painting. During the Victorian period when people were dissatisfied with the portrait taken of them by the photographer, a‘retouchist’ was on hand to improve the pictures.

Another method of editing photographs was to take more than one picture and combine them; a notable example was'The two ways of life' picture created from 32 negatives over six weeks. This led to the creation of composite photographs, by cutting pictures and putting them together and creating a collage. This was a useful way of creating a picture of a crowd of people, such as college students. It was also a good way of producing propaganda, and many satirical montages were produced between the two world wars.



Today, computer software is responsible for editing photographs, and it is used widely and very successfully, often with very unexpected, very serious results among the young, as they see the ultra-thin bodies of their heroes. Yes indeed, the camera can lie!


A warm welcome to everyone to our events at the Museum during the Mid-Summer Festival:
11/06/19, Quiz Night, 19.00 - 21.00.
15/06/19, A Technical Hands-on Day for Families, 11.00-15.00.
21/06/19, a lecture by Mike Farnworth on “The Welsh in Liverpool”, 19.00.



Monthly update, April 2019.

Monthly update, April 2019.


To mark the 10th Anniversary of Wireless in Wales in October 2018, a sculpture was commissioned from Studio MADE which would combine elements from the world of art, science and technology. The completed work was presented to the Museum during the David Edward Hughes Memorial Lecture on March 15th, 2019. Mark and Angela described the process of designing and creating the work, after studying the Museum's collection, with the intention of transmitting light and sound across interactive digital sculptures. They also described how the exhibition in the Studio at the Denbigh Open Doors weekend was formed, which included images of artefacts from the collection and old videos from the world of radio. A very enthusiastic response was received from members of the audience, and it is hoped to be able to use the sculpture in the future in our work with children and young people. The pictures show Mark and Angela setting up the sculpture and Mark showing Vesi how to use it.



'Geography, Geology and Gemstones' was the subject of Tony Vine's lecture recently. He described how a new interest was sparked in him after retiring, when he saw a bucket full of beach stones and a stone-tumbler nearby. The interest has grown to be a passion by now and he acknowledges that he is a 'Jeweller with a passion for gemstones and fossils ’. He gave us an explanation of how gemstones have been formed in different types of rocks over the years and how they come to the surface. He talked about how the continents had moved in the past, noting two points of remarkable interest - Scotland used to be attached to Norway, as the same range of granite mountains can be seen in both countries; the American continent is drifting 2½ cm away from the continent of Europe each year. Tony is pictured with part of his collection of gemstones, jewellery and fossils.


The Museum was buzzing on Saturday morning, March 2nd, when a number of activities were held there at the same time. The Radio Amateurs were busy contacting other amateurs across the world, the children were upstairs enjoying the Craft Morning and the rest of us were enjoying the delights of the Coffee Morning. In addition to this, visitors came from Cheshire to Denbigh to see our collection.

The Radio Amateurs


People enjoying the Coffee Morning



Bryn Humphreys, a Wireless in Wales supporter, is pictured, wearing a radio cap which he bought whilst watching the Le Mans Motor Race in France in 1990, in order to listen to the English commentary. Note the aerial and tuning and volume buttons on the right (of Bryn) and a bag containing the battery on the left.




Two lectures will be held in our series on Friday evenings at 19.00 before the summer:


May 17th, Sue Clark will talk about “The Editing and Manipulation of Photography”.

June 21st, Mike Farnworth will talk about “The Welsh in Liverpool”.


As part of the Denbigh Midsummer Festival, we will also be holding:

A Summer Coffee Morning and Plant Stall at the Museum, 01/06/19, 10.00-12.00.

A Craft Morning for children aged 6-12, 01/06/19, 10.30-12.30. Please contact the Museum to book a place.

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A Quiz Night, 11/06/19, 19.00 - 21.00.

A Hands-on Technical Day for Families, 15/06/19, 11.00-15.00.

A warm welcome to all and thank you for your support.








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.



"An Evening of Test Card and Music"

By David Crawford

13/12/2019  @ 19:00




























































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