Monthly Update, December 2018
It was good to be able to invite Professor Dyfrig Hughes to the Museum once again. His subject this time was 'New Medications and the National Health Service' and he began by talking about the improvements in medications which have occurred since the Second World War. People suffering from cancer, heart disease, lung disorders and HIV are able to live longer. He showed how successful the flu vaccine had been, with a significant reduction in the number of victims since the early 90's. The National Health Service spent £20 billion last year on medications, which is a significant part of the year's expenditure. When considering new medications, therefore, the authorities must choose which ones to market and decide on the cost - some are too expensive to buy. In Wales, the emphasis currently is on disease prevention, which is the reason for providing free prescriptions for everyone.
We had a musical evening recently at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, when the Huw Warren Jazz Trio came to entertain the audience. This evening was a part of the Arts Council of Wales scheme, 'Staging Entertainment in your Community', and we thank them for their support, along with Denbighshire County Council, the Carriageworks and Menter Iaith Dinbych. An evening of wonder at the talent and skills of some of our national musicians!
We have made contact with the 'Internal Fire Museum of Power' at Tanygroes, Ceredigion. This is the only accredited Museum which exists to record the history of the internal combustion engine, and the volunteers there have managed to get many of the machines to work. In the collection there are several maritime radios used to connect ships to the shore, to navigate and to locate other active radio stations. They also have one of four diesel generators from the BBC Moorside Edge Station, near Huddersfield, which was used when there was a cut in electricity supply, a Strowder telephone exchange and an interesting collection of valves.
We look forward to our next events:
January 18th, 7.00 p.m. Dr. Selwyn Williams will talk on 'Community Digital Radio'.
January 25th, a Film Night at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, to raise money for the Museum.
February 15th, 7.00 p.m., Tony Vine will talk on 'Geography, Geology and Gemstones'.
March 15th, 7.00 p.m., Speakers from StudioMADE will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture and talk on 'Art, Science and Technology'.
A Quiz Evening to be arranged.