Friends of Newport Museum & Art Gallery


Who are the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery (FoNMAG)?

 FoNMAG is an independent group. The Friends’ role is one of SUPPORT for the cultural provision of Newport Museum and Art Gallery provided by Newport Council. The Friends’ Association supports the preservation, presentation and development of the collections of the Newport Museum and Art Gallery in cooperation with its management and staff. We aim to promote awareness of, and stimulate interest in, Newport Museum and Art Gallery within the community.

Why does Newport Museum and Art Gallery deserve your support?

Newport Museum and Art Gallery was founded over 125 years ago and its collections cover the City of Newport as well as the preserved county of Gwent and present day Monmouthshire. Newport Museum and Art Gallery has undergone difficult times in the past few years and unfortunately, the situation is only going to worsen, with crippling local government cuts set to hit Wales over the coming years.

What will you receive by becoming a member?

Each year the committee set in place an events programme which will cover both historical and art related subjects (Click here). At present it is intended that there shall be eight talks per year, although there is always the possibility of additional events being added.  There will also be Summer walks and visits. Members will also receive a newsletter. The committee look forward to welcoming you at our next gathering and getting to know others that share our commitment to the region's heritage.

Ongoing - Museum Mezzanine

Born out of Newport’s huge success and growth in the late 1800s, the Transporter Bridge has dominated the skyline of the city for 110 years. Built to accommodate the tallest sailing ships, yet also transport motor cars, the Transporter Bridge is one of the last structures of the days of sail but one of the first of the motor age.


Today, the Transporter Bridge is a working monument to Newport’s rich maritime and industrial heritage. Described by Cadw as ‘a structure of exceptional interest’, the Bridge is the best example of a transporter bridge in Britain and one of only eight historic transporter bridges left in the world.


The exhibition features a range of items and images from the construction and operation of the Transporter Bridge and artworks inspired by it. Highlights include: photographs documenting the Bridge’s construction; an industrial basket used to carry workers; a silver trowel used to the lay the foundation stone; film footage of the opening ceremony and digital projections of the original plans.

To keep up to date with what is on, please visit the Museum & Art Gallery web site.

Presentation of

J. F. Mullock Drawing

On December 9th 2015 the Newport Museum and Art Gallery's Chartist Collection took possession of a pencil portrait of William Addams Williams M.P. by James Flewitt Mullock.  This purchase was made possible by funds collected by the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery

The portrait was kindly unveiled by David Addams Williams, a direct descendent of the sitter.


Exhibition : Newport Transporter Bridge

Our Next Talk



12 February 2019


Tredegar House : The National Trust Chapter


Emily Price &

Dave Evans

The National Trust

Tredegar House, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Casnewydd, Lithograph (1988) by Falcon Hildred (Private Collection)

Object of the Week

60 Ft" Dolls Cymbal

60 Ft" Dolls cymbal

(Click on image to enlarge)


Newport punk band the 60 Ft Dolls were at the forefront of Newport’s thriving music scene in the mid-1990s. Such was the output of talent, that Newport was called the ‘New Seattle’. In 1996, the Dolls shot the music video for ‘Talk to me’ on Newport Transporter Bridge. During filming, a cymbal was broken and can be seen being thrown in the video. The cymbal was later recovered, put aside and forgotten. The cymbal and its significance have only recently come to light. With the help of the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery, the cymbal has been purchased for the collections of Newport Museum to help tell the story of Newport in the 1990s.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery are members of The British Association of Friends of Museums

© 2017 Friends of Newport Museum & Art Gallery