What's On

Free Lunchtime Tours,

Evening Talks and Summer Excursions 2018


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


January 9 : "Swaps" - The David Hurn Gift

Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Wales


February 13 : Prehistoric Finds in South East Wales

Elizabeth Walker, Head of Collections, National Museum Wales


March 13 : The Story of St. Woolos Cathedral

Jeremy Knight, Former Inspector of Ancient Monuments, English Heritage, CADW


April 10 : The Work of Bert Thomas and Other First World War Artists and Illustrators

David Mayer, Former Lecturer in Graphic Communication & Design History, University of South Wales



Summer Excursions and Events - details to be confirmed


Saturday May 19 : A visit to Pontypool Museum


Saturday June 16 :


Saturday July 14 :


Saturday August 18 :



September 11 : My Working Life.

Louise Mees, Regional Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology (South East Wales) CADW


October 9 : Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara

Paul Nicholson, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University


November 13 : Charterism - An Update

Les James, Editor, Chartism Magazine


December 11 : The Role of St. Woolos Hospital During the First World War

Peter Strong, Gwent County History Association



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


Jeremy Knight


The Story of

St. Woolos Cathedral


It is a tribute to the eminence of our latest guest speaker, Jeremy Knight, that a record audience of 70 people filled every available seat in the Art Gallery to hear the former Senior Inspector of Historical Monuments for CADW and current President of the Monmouthshire Archaelogical Association tell the story of St Woolos Cathedral. The lecture unfolded in two parts. The first concentrated on the 12th century Life of St Gwynllyw, and explored the early history of the church; described accounts of miracles attributed to the Saint, including his posthumous influence on the outcome of the Battle of Hastings in retribution for Harold's past sacking of St Woolos; and detailed the dispute over ownership of the church between William, Earl of Gloucester and St Peter's Abbey in Gloucester, later the Cathedral, which was resolved in favour of the latter in 1156. This was followed by a fascinating description of the architectural history of the building, from the earliest surviving section, St Mary's Chapel, to the chancel extension of the 1960s: highlights included evidence for the likely burial place of St Gwynllyw to the south of the Romanesque arch; and a chance to see the watercolours of Frances Hawkins, showing St Woolos prior to its 1853 restoration, which was supervised by her husband who was vicar for almost 40 years. We look forward with keen anticipation to a planned FoNMAG visit to St Woolos in Jeremy's company later in the year.


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