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11 September 2018


My Working Life


Louise Mees,

Regional Inspector of Ancient Monuments and

Archaeology (South East Wales), CADW

Object of the Week

Auroch Vertebra

Auroch Vertebra


Aurochs were large wild cattle, which lived in Britain until the Bronze Age, when they died out. It is not clear whether they were hunted to extinction or out-competed by domesticated livestock, encroaching on their habitat. Reading University has been sampling Newport Museum’s collection of Severn Estuary aurochs, to study the nitrogen isotopes in their bones. Different levels of nitrogen can indicate terrestrial or marine diets in mammals. This can illustrate whether aurochs were moving inland seasonally or staying by the coast all year round. The vertebra pictured here, is an ‘axis’ vertebra, which directly rests under the skull.



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 in the next three years.



What will you receive by becoming a member?


The committee have already 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 receive a newsletter and a membership card which will entitle them to a 20% discount in the Museum shop. 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.


Exhibition : Newport Transporter Bridge

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.






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