Museum Monthly Update-30th April 2016
During October 2015, we took part in ‘Big Draw’, the world’s largest Art Festival, whose aim is to encourage people to tell a story through Art. Carole Lomax, the Museum Education Officer, held Art Sessions with the Cubs, Guides and Students from Denbigh College and the beautiful results of these workshops can be seen in the Children’s Section of Denbigh Library at the moment.
The David Edward Hughes Memorial Lecture this year was given by Ioan Talfryn. His subject was “No Thyself?” and he began by asking the question, “What is the Self?” He gave a very thought-provoking lecture which left the audience with more questions than answers. The photograph shows Vesi and Clwyd questioning Ioan further. If you would like to read the lecture, it can be found on Ioan’s blog.
Our AGM on 15/04/16 was very well supported and gave details of a very successful year for the Museum. Following this, Dr. Chris Madoc Jones spoke on ‘Famous People and their Illnesses’. He talked about a number of famous people from the past, whose illnesses and disabilities were hidden from the public because they were international figures, but who were still taking important decisions which ultimately had an effect on world peace.
The following photograph shows the Museum’s newest, and oldest, item, an Osram R valve, made in 1918. We have been trying to get hold of this rare and important valve for years, and have failed on E-bay a number of times. Many thanks to two of our volunteers who noticed it in a Vintage Radio Shop in Hawarden. The Valve historically enabled the Radio to move from the laboratory to the home, and so this Valve is the true starting point of our exhibition.
Many thanks to Tony Griffiths, for arranging our collection of postcards outlining the history of the BBC from 1927 to today.
Our next bilingual Lecture will be on 20/05/16 at 7.00 p.m.. Tony Schiavonne will be talking on “From Madge Burgess and Cwaliton/Qualiton to Candelas and I-Ka-Ching and beyond”. A warm welcome to all.
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.
On a regular basis, a local Radio Amateur group visit the Museum on our open days and special events. We now have our Museum call sign GB0WIW.
The amateurs are contacting many other amateurs around the world from their new base here at the Museum.
Here is an artistic interpretation of a radio constructed and designed by our collector and founder David Jones around twenty years ago. The case was made of a domestic saucepan and all dials and knobs were purchased in Woolworths in Denbigh. The artist, Awena Jones is the daughter of David the collector and constructor.
Bank Holiday Closure
Wireless in Wales will be closed on Monday the 2nd May 2016