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.
Wireless in Wales provides a safe and secure environment for volunteers and visitors.
Monthly Update, November 2017
This is a Minifon P55 miniature wire recorder, from 1955, which was presented to the Museum recently. The wire recorder was invented by Valdemar Poulsen from Denmark, who also carried out significant work with early radio broadcasting. The recorder worked rather like a tape recorder, as a very thin steel wire was pulled accross the recording / playback head at high speed. This gave a very long recording time, often up to one hour, which compared very favourably with the gramophone record. The wire recorders were very poplular 1945-1954 as dictation machines and for home recordings, but they were gradually replaced by tape recorders.
We had a very successful weekend at the Museum during Denbigh 'Open Doors'. More than sixty people visited the Museum, many of them from outside the town. Guided tours were arranged, along with demonstrations by the Radio Amateurs and art and craft sessions for children and adults. The highlight of the weekend was Lowri Jones's re-enactment of the life and successes of "David Edward Hughes the Inventor" through the eyes of Blodwen, the maid.
Our series of monthly talks continues apace. The next talks are:
In English - 'Denbigh and the Western Front', by Clwyd Wynne and Cliff Kearns on November 17th.
And in Welsh - 'The Campaign for S4C', by Angharad Tomos, on November 24th.
The lectures commence at 7.00 p.m. and light refreshments follow. A warm welcome to everyone.
Our joint Coffee Morning this year is on December 2nd at Eirianfa, at 10.00 a.m., with MaryDei and Vale of Clwyd Mind.
Monthly update, October 2017
The summer proved to be a busy time for Wireless in Wales. In addition to the usual maintenance, and welcoming visitors, we took exhibitions to a number of places:
The Science and Technology Pavilion in the National Eisteddfod in Môn
The Radio Amateur Event in the Llyn Brenig Centre
The Denbighshire Archives during Ruthin's 'Open Doors'
The North Wales Radio Society from Llandudno visited the Museum one evening also.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, the former deputy first minister, was our speaker in September. He gave a very interesting talk on his work as Director of Menai Science Park or M-SParc. He talked about how science parks in other parts of the world had made a significant contribution to the local economy and had created good jobs. He explained that the company was working with Bangor University to forge a link between the University and small and large companies. The park's first building near Gaerwen will open next year. It will contain offices, laboratories, workshops, a cafe etc. He said that they already have 8 tenants which is a good number initially for such a park .
A full programme of activities has been arranged for the Autumn season.
'The Victorian Pharmacy', by Sue Clark, on October 20th.
'Denbigh and the Western Front', by Clwyd Wynne and Cliff Kearns, on November 17th.
'The Campaign for S4C', by Angharad Tomos, on November 24th.
The lectures commence at 7.00 p.m. and are followed by light refreshments. A warm welcome to all.
Our Coffee Morning will be held jointly with MaryDei and Mind, in Eirianfa, on December 2nd, at 10.00 a.m.