What's On

Free Lunchtime Tours,

Evening Talks and Summer Excursions 2017


Free lunchtime tours of the Museum and Art Gallery take place at 1.00pm


Evening talks take place at 7.00pm on the second Tuesday in the month in the Newport Art Gallery,

John Frost Square, Newport NP20 1PA. All talks and walks are free to Members, otherwise £2.00


Tuesday 10 January : The Archaeology of Upland Gwent

Frank Olding, Heritage Officer, Blaenau Gwent


Tuesday 14 February : The Building of the Wentwood Reservoir and the Introduction of Water to Newport

Peter Strong, Chair, Gwent County History Society


Tuesday 14 March : The Mysterious World of Arthur Machen

Godfrey Brangham, Secretary, The Friends of Arthur Machen


Tuesday 11 April : Newport Territorials: The Story of the 1st Mons.

John Dixon, Military Historian, Member Mametz Wood Memorial Committee



Summer Excursions and Events - dates and full details to be confirmed


Saturday 13 May : A Visit to The Newport Ship

Dr. Toby Jones, Curator, The Newport Ship

10.00am, The Newport Ship, Unit 20 Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Estuary Rd, Newport NP19 4SP


Saturday 24 June : A Visit to the University of Reading excavations at Goldcliff, Newport

Professor Martin Bell, Professor in Archaeological Science, University of Reading

12 noon, Seawall Tea Rooms, Clifton Common Road, Goldcliff, Newport NP18 2PH


Saturday 12 August : A Visit to Lodge Farm Hill Fort

Professor Ray Howell, President FoNMAG, Professor of Welsh Antiquity and Director of the South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research, University of South Wales


Friday 25 August : "I'm in the Pink" - The Story of Percy Scannell, a Newport Soldier in WW1

Richard Frame, Chairman, Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery

1.00pm, Art Gallery, Third floor



Tuesday 12 September : Fertile Fields - The Resurgence of Documentary Photography in the 1970-80s and the Contribution Made by the School of Film & Photography at the Former Newport Art College.

Ron McCormick, photographer, former lecturer in photography (1979-1997) and architect of the Newport Survey


Tuesday 10 October : John Selway, His Life and Work

Jon Gower, Former BBC Wales Arts and Media Correspondent, Winner - Wales Book of the Year 2012


Tuesday 14 November : The Newport Charter

Tony Hopkins, County Archivist, Archifau Gwent Archives


Tuesday 12 December : Isca Interloping: Roman Caerleon at Caerwent

Dr. Mark Lewis, Curator: Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon, National Museum Wales



Other events and talks at the The Museum and Art Gallery can be found by going to their What's On page

Our Last Talk


Ron McCormick


"Fertile Fields"


After our summer break, some stormy weather and the onset of darker evenings heralded the return of our monthly lectures, beginning on September 12th when a full house of more than 50 people made their way to the Art Gallery to hear Ron McCormick’s talk, Fertile Fields. Ron has had a long and distinguished career, encompassing his days as a young student at the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1960s, his decision to take up documentary photography rather than painting, time spent running a gallery in the East End, his move to Newport Art College as a lecturer in the late 1970s, a period as head of the School of Design at Southampton Solent University from 1997 - 2001 and a role as curator of the University Art Collection. His audience this week probably knew him best as the prime mover behind the Newport Survey which ran for eight years in the 1980s, and the fine books which emerged annually from the students’ work. In his talk Ron described the evolution of documentary photography in the post war decades, showing how it gradually became accepted as an art form in its own right, and illustrated how two major American projects, the Farm Security Administration scheme in the 1930s and 1940s, and The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, provided inspiration for the Newport Survey. An inexplicable technical failure just when Ron was starting to show some slide pictures from the Newport books was unfortunate, but we had copies of all of them on hand, thanks to Newport Reference Library, and audience members were able to look at them at the end of the lecture.


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