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Monthly Update, June 2017

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

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.

Be safe.

 

 

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.

Museum Events 2016 - 17

A SERIES OF TALKS AND EVENTS AT WIRELESS IN WALES RADIO MUSEUM DENBIGH 2016 – 2017

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

Friday 16th September  7 - 10pm   Goronwy Alun Hughes: His extraordinary life remembered. Speakers: His friends

 

OCTOBER 2016

Friday 21st October    7 - 10pm  My Gems Collection: Speaker: John Clark

    

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Friday 18th November   7 - 10pm  Isaac Roberts: 19th Century Astronomer from Groes: Speaker: David Smith: North Wales Astronomy Society

 

 

DECEMBER 2016

Friday 2nd December 7 - 10pm   Radio Memories and Music and Poetry: A social evening with friends of the museum

 

JANUARY 2017  

 

Friday 20th January 7 - 10pm "Curators Evening" Radio Luxembourg : 1933-1945: Speaker David S Crawford

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Friday February 17th 7pm-10pm : Pharmacy in Victorian Times: Speaker Sue Clark

 

MARCH 2017

 

Friday March 17th 7pm-10pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": Menai Science Park: Speaker: Ieuan Wyn Jones

 

 

APRIL 2017

 

Friday 21st April 7pm-10pm: The Struggle for the Radio became a struggle for creating a Nation: Speaker Eifion Lloyd Jones

 

 

MAY 2017

 

Friday 19th May 7pm-10pm : A Visit to C.E.R.N. in Switzerland : Speaker: Steffan Tudor

 

June 2017

 

Friday 16th June 7pm-10pm: Radio Luxembourg 1945-1992. Talk by David Crawford Museum Curator

 

PLEASE KEEP REFERRING THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Monthly update, April 2017.

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.

 

New Exhibit

New Exhibit!

Recently we had a donation of a Vidor C.N. 436 valve portable radio. This set, made in 1957 is one of only two types of valve portable radio's which had the new FM band. The other type was manufactured by Ever Ready. Our example is new, unused, complete with original box, guarantee, instructions and circuit diagram. It even has the mains adaptor to allow it to run at home thus conserving the (expensive) battery.

Events

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.

 

17/06/3026 Volunteer training, HWB Dinbych, iBEACON Technology

 

17/06/2016  Developments in the mining industry since the 1970's  Richard Thompson, mining engineer

 

23/06/2016  Volunteer training - Caernarfon Castle

 

01/07/2016  Ioan Talfryn talk cancelled - to be re-scheduled

 

 

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