The Welsh radio museum
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.
We were officially re-accredited by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government in May 2018.
The museum is open on Mondays, 11.00 - 15.00 and the first Saturday of every month, 11:00 -1500. Group and private visits are welcome at any other time, by appointment, throughout the year.
Wireless in Wales provides a safe and secure environment for volunteers and visitors, including wheelchair access throughout the building, a hearing loop and exhibits for safe handling. Our staff are trained and experienced in looking after visitors with disabilities.
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:
A Quiz Night, 11/06/19, 19.00 - 21.00 - note the new date!