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


Bronwen Colquhoun



The David Hurn Gift


On a rather raw January night, Bronwen Colqhoun, Senior Curator of Photography at National Museum Wales made the journey east from Cardiff to give the first of our 2018 lectures to an audience that included David Hurn himself. She began by describing the story of the Museum’s photography collection – until recently there was no formal collecting policy and photographs were acquired reactively and opportunistically by all the separate departments. Though a number of photographs of significance have been acquired over the years, including the John Dilwyn Llewellyn archive, and examples of work by Eugene Smith, Raymond Moore and Keith Arnott, the collection was transformed in April 2017 by the bequest of more than 2000 photographs from the collection of David Hurn, Magnum photographer and former Head of Documentary Photography at Newport Art College. Around 1500 of the photographs are by David himself, while the remaining 700 or so form an archive built up by him over many years by swapping his own work with that of other photographers, and a selection of these photographs forms the first exhibition in the new permanent photography gallery at the National Museum. Sergio Larrain, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Bruce Davidson, and Sebastiao Salgado are just some of those represented in the exhibition, exemplifying the quality of the David Hurn gift.


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