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Wireless in Wales Museum

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Monthly Update, February 2018

Monthly Update, February 2018


Wireless in Wales Museum has a single television receiver, the Bush TV12B which has a nine inch screen, 18 valves and a cathode ray tube. This is the television you usually see on television programmes depicting life in the early 1950's. It had a large number of controls to control focus, brightness, contrast etc., and these had to be adjusted as the night wore on and as the components became hotter.

This television receiver was released in September 1949, at the same time as the start of BBC Television from Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands, the first time television was extended outside London. It was designed to receive television signals from Sutton Coldfield on channel 4 VHF only, and it worked only in that region. By 1950, the BBC was beginning to establish a network of television stations across the country, and Bush produced the TV22 which was able to receive BBC TV from anywhere - on channel 5 VHF in Cardiff for example.



In 1955, independent broadcasting began on new channels, 6 to 13, which meant that the old BBC only television sets could not receive the new broadcasts. So a range of converters, set top boxes, were produced to plug into the televisions, so that they could receive ITV. Here is a picture of a 'set top box' for the Murphy television set. 




A warm welcome to everyone to the next lectures in our series:

February 16th, "Broadcasting in the 1980's at Radio Havana Cuba", by Lila Haines.

March 16th, "Development of the 78RPM Gramophone Record, by David Crawford, Curator of the Museum. This will be the David Edward Hughes annual lecture.

April 20th, "The Sea Tragedies of the 'Ocean Monarch'and the 'Lelia'", by Tony Griffiths and Keith Mountain.

April 27th, a Welsh lecture on "Sir T. H. Parry-Williams and the Subconcious" by Ioan Talfryn.

May 18th, "Mining in North East Wales", by Alan Jones.

The lectures start at 7.00 p.m. and there are light refreshments to follow.




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.































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