A Liverpool Connection – Toys, Trains and Wireless Sets
Talk in English by Steve Harris
Friday, 23rd July 2021, 7:00 PM
Liverpool is not normally associated with the manufacture of radio sets in the 1920s and 30s, but the area of Old Swan was home to not just one but two radio component manufacturers with interesting connections, from clockwork trains to electric powered locomotives. This presentation brings together Liverpool manufacturers Hornby, Lotus and Wingrove and Rogers.

Steve Harris, of “On The Air” Vintage Technology shop and formerly Director of “The Broadcasting Museum” in Chester, has been associated with Wireless in Wales for many years.

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Herio Synnwyr – Gwawr Gwrtheyrn
Talk in Welsh by Dr Carl Clowes – with optional simultaneous translation
Friday, 20th August 2021, 7:00 PM
In the early 1970s, the north of Llŷn was depopulating at an alarming rate following the closure of the nearby granite quarries. The communities’ confidence was shaken and the need for new employment was stark. In an area where over 90% of the population spoke Welsh, one of the highest in Wales, what could be done to reverse the trends, ensure a thriving community and success for the language?

Nant Gwrtheyrn, a former quarrying village, represented the extreme of the problem with the last remaining residents having moved out in 1959. The village had been abandoned and yet, in Dr Carl’s thinking, Nant could also offer hope. By drawing together the need for employment on the one hand whilst, at the same time, promoting the future of the language, could the derelict village possibly provide the focus for a Canolfan Iaith – a language centre – that would achieve both of these needs?

Almost 50 years later, through the concerted efforts of a whole nation, that has been achieved and here is an opportunity to have a glimpse of this remarkable achievement from the Centre’s founder Dr Carl Clowes.

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Mynydd and Monadh – Echoes of Cymraeg in Scotland’s Gaelic Landscape
Talk in English by Roddy Maclean
Friday, 24th September 2021, 7:00 PM
Gaelic is the dominant language in the hilly and beautiful landscape of the Scottish Highlands. In this lecture, Scottish writer, broadcaster and educator Roddy Maclean explores how an understanding of cognate Celtic words and an ancient P-Celtic heritage can make that landscape seem a little more familiar to visitors from Wales. He will look at terms for landform and nature that represent a connection between our two Celtic nations, and will give advice on the structure and pronunciation of Gaelic toponyms.

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