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Friends of Newport Museum & Art Gallery

Our Last Talk


Ray Stroud


The View from the Hill : Frances Hawkins and Victorian Newport


Over 50 people heard a fascinating talk by Ray Stroud on the paintings of Frances Hawkins who was the wife of the vicar of St Woolos. Her paintings reflected the narrowness of her life as Victorian Society was divided by class. Interestingly Ray also looked at the factors affecting the people of Newport who lived on the other side of the social scale and told us about the poverty and disease that existed a short distance from her home. He also drew our attention to the interesting sources he had used. We were pleased that that some descendants of the artist came to hear Ray's talk.

Ray Stroud and Alan Lloyd Smith discuss the exhibition - The View from the Hill : Frances Hawkins and Victorian Newport

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Evening Talks and

Summer Excursions 2019


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


8 January : From Workhouse to War Hospital - St. Woolos Hospital in the Great War

Peter Strong,  Gwent County History Association


12 February : Tredegar House: The National Trust Chapter

Emily Price and Dave Evans, The National Trust


12 March : Treasures of the Newport Libraries Local Studies Collection

John Brodrick, Area Librarian, Newport City Council


9 April : The View from the HillFrances Hawkins and Victorian Newport

Ray Stroud



Summer Excursions and Events :


Tuesday 21 May : A Guided Walk Around Frances Hawkins' Newport

10.00am, muster at St. Woolas Cathedral lych gate

Ray Stroud


Tuesday 11 June : A Guided Walk Around Pill

Gwent County Archivist

10.00am - 12.00 noon

Tuesday 16 July : Newport Transporter Bridge

Emma Newrick, Fusion Project Co-ordinator



10 September : Public Art in Newport

Sebastien Boyesen, Former Newport Town Sculptor


8 October : Ivor Davies

Ivor Davies MBE, Vice President Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, Gold Medal for Fine Art Winner, National Eisteddfod


12 November : Recent Archaeological Work at Caerleon (President's Lecture)

Dr. Peter Guest, Reader in Roman Archaeology, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University


10 December : Fred Hando - A Proud Son of Gwent

David Hando, Chair, Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge


N.B. A fuller description of all events will follow in due course


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

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