The Welsh radio museum
The 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. In 2013 we were officially Accredited by CyMAL a Welsh Government Agency.
The museum is open on most Mondays, 11.00 - 15.00 and closed on bank holidays. Group and private visits at any other time by appointment are welcome throughout the year.
Monthly update, June 2017.
Thank you to Eifion Lloyd Jones for coming to us once again, to present the English version of last year's lecture, 'The Struggle for Radio Became a Struggle for Creating a Nation'. This was a lecture which was presented to the International Media and History Society in Leeds University in 1999. In it Mr. Jones maintained that the battle for the rights of nation and language were the trigger to establishing the unique broadcasting system in Wales, in radio and television. We were given a comprehensive view of the battle which led ultimately to the establishing of Radio Cymru and S4C.
The photograph shows a recent gift to the Museum, a Voigt Domestic Corner Horn. This is one of the rarest and most significant loudspeakers in the world. The horn was designed by Paul Voigt and about 330 of them were made between 1934 and 1950; this one is number 263.
The horn contains a Lowther PM1 6" full-range loudspeaker, as seen in the next photograph, as a result of a meeting between Paul Voigt and O.P. Lowther in 1934. The combining of the skills of both men created a sound which was clear and lifelike, and is as good as any sound created by modern loudspeakers.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Museum by coming to watch the film, 'I, Daniel Blake' in the Film Club on April 28th. A contemporary film. £330 was raised.
The Wireless in Wales Diary:
June 3rd, 10.00-12.00 - Coffee Morning in aid of Wireless in Wales and Denbigh Film Club in Eirianfa. Various stalls, including plants, cakes and art for children.
June 16th, 19.00 - David Crawford will present the second part of his lecture on Radio Luxembourg, 1945-2017.
A warm welcome to all.
Monthly Update, May 2017. Follow us on facebook.
Ieuan Wyn Jones's lecture on 'Menai Science Park', on March 17th, had to be postponed because of illness. We hope that Mr. Jones has completely recovered by now and we look forward to hearing the lecture in September. At short notice, the Museum Curator, David Crawford, gave us a timely talk on 'Cyber Security'. Since people these days use computers to communicate, order goods, bank, watch and listen, it is important to be careful and wise, and to ensure safety. There are many criminals who are desperate to get hold of our computers in order to steal our money for illegal purposes, such as producing drugs and supporting terrorist campaigns. It is easier to prevent them at the beginning than having to go to the computer shop to have a virus removed.
Here is David's advice:
1. Update your computer and software regularly. Microsoft has an 'Update Tuesday'every month e.g..
2. Install an antivirus programme on the computer, and test it often to check it's still working.
3. Do not open a suspicious-looking email. If you have any doubts at all, don't open it! Banks etc. do not usually contact their customers by email.
4. Make a copy of all your files, including your priceless photographs, on an external hard disc regularly.
5. Do not allow anyone else to use your computer, unless you are there keeping an eye on them.
6. Do not allow anyone to put a memory stick in your computer. If it is necessary, scan it for viruses first.
7. If you need to delete important documents, buy a special programme which deletes safely, by shredding.
Wireless in Wales Diary
May 19th, 19.00 – Steffan Tudor will give a talk on his Visit to C.E.R.N. in Switzerland. This lecture was given in Welsh in the Museum last year.
May 20th, 13.00-16.00 - An Open Day at Wireless in Wales, as part of the Gwanwyn Festival, 2017. This Festival is a national festival which celebrates creativity amongst older people, and is supported by the Welsh Arts Council and the Welsh Government.
June 3rd, 10.00-12.00 - A Coffee Morning in aid of Wireless in Wales and Denbigh Film Club in Eirianfa. Various stalls, including plants, cakes and art for children.
June 16th, 19.00 – David Crawford will present the second part of his lecture on Radio Luxembourg, 1945-2017.
A warm welcome to all.
Monthly update, April 2017.
On February 17th, a large audience attended the Museum to listen to Sue Clark speaking on 'Lewis and Clark following Lewis and Clark'. She and her husband had been on holiday to the USA with friends, whose surname is 'Lewis', when they saw an advertisement for the 200th Commemoration of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's Expedition in 1804-1806 to reach the West Coast of North America from St. Louis. Lewis and Clark had to follow the Missouri river and travel through thousands of miles of unmapped, dangerous country. 33 people were chosen to be in the team and they worked conscientiously recording, naming, labelling and mapping everything they saw. They built a good relationship with the native 'Indian' tribes, but that relationship deteriorated later when future Americans moved to the area.
After seeing the advertisement, Sue, John and their friends decided to return to America in 2004 and follow the same route from St. Louis to the west coast. They travelled through places which had been named by the original travellers and they recorded the whole journey in a weekly article in the local paper, the 'Seaside Signal'. Sue gave us a taste of the adventure and incredible scenery in her presentation.
The photograph shows another two radios from the collection we received in the Museum recently. The one on the left is a portable valve radio, manufactured by Ecko in the 50s, which has a very unusual glass tuning dial. The radio on the right is a portable transistor radio from the early 60s, manufactured by Bush in the UK. It is in perfect condition, almost like new. Both radios receive LW and MW only.
Wireless in Wales Diary:
April 21st, 19.00 - Eifion Lloyd Jones will speak on 'The Struggle for Radio Became a Struggle for Creating a Nation'.
April 28th, 19.00 - An opportunity to watch the highly-acclaimed 2016 film, ‘I Daniel Blake’, in the Film Club in Theatr Twm o’r Nant. This will be a fund-raising evening for Wireless in Wales.
May 19th, 19.00 – Steffan Tudor will speak about his Visit to C.E.R.N. in Switzerland.
May 20th, 13.00-16.00 - an Open Day at Wireless in Wales, as part of the Gwanwyn Festival 2017. The Festival is a national festival which celebrates creativity amongst older people, and is supported by the Welsh Arts Council and the Welsh Government.
June 3rd, 10.00-12.00 - Wireless in Wales Coffee Morning, with other charities, in Eirianfa.
A warm welcome to all.