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


9 January : "Swaps" - The David Hurn Gift

Bronwen Colquhoun, Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Wales


13 February : Prehistoric Finds in South East Wales

Elizabeth Walker, Head of Collections, National Museum Wales


13 March : The Story of St. Woolos Cathedral

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


10 April : 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


Saturday 19 May : A Tour of Pontypool Museum

Meet at Pontypool Museum at 2pm. Parking available in Museum carpark

The admission charge is £4 for adults/£3 concessions & children accompanied by an adult are free.



Saturday 16 June : A Tour of the Hans Feibusch Murals at Newport Civic Centre and Original Cartoons held in the Art Gallery

Barbara Bartl, Museum and Art Gallery Manager, Newport City Council

Civic Centre - 10.30am, Art Gallery - 12.15pm


Saturday 30 June : A Tour of St. Woolos Cathedral

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

Meet 2.00pm at Cathedral


11 September : The Job of a Cadw Field Monument Warden in South East Wales

Dr. Amelia Pannett, Field Monument Warden, Historic Environment Branch, Cadw


9 October : The Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara

Professor Paul Nicholson, Professor of Archaeology, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University


13 November : A Dozen Conventions - A Chartist Update

Les James, Editor, Chartism Magazine


N.B. - Change of programme

11 December : Charlie's War - The World War One War Diary of Private Charles Heare

Christabel Hutchings and Richard Frame

Preceded by Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery AGM


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


Les James


A Dozen Conventions - A Chartist Update


On November 13th we had the pleasure of welcoming FoNMAG honorary life member Les James as our latest speaker. Les was the Schools Museums Officer in Newport for many years before moving to a post as a lecturer in the history department at Newport University where he ended his working life. Since his retirement he has continued his research into the Chartist movement in general and the background and consequences of the Newport Rising in particular, and has been one of the prime movers in establishing the annual Newport Chartist Convention, which has just had its twelfth gathering. In his fascinating and wide-ranging talk, Les outlined the evolution of the Convention since its early days when it met in St Mary’s Institute on Stow Hill, and showed how particular themes have dominated. In the first year there was an appeal in the local press for anyone with Chartist ancestors to come forward, and then and in subsequent years a number of people descended from local Chartists, including Wright Beatty, John Partridge and possibly John Frost, have attended the Convention or spoken there. The Convention has regularly provided a forum for people to reveal the results of their research, and the discussion that takes place and the contacts they make can be invaluable in furthering their efforts. Although there has been an emphasis on Chartism on the ground in Gwent in many of the lectures over the years, consistent efforts have been made to link events in our area with the wider world, from Bristol and Stroud to America and Australia. In conclusion Les dispelled the illusion that we know everything about the story of Chartism in Gwent: there is much more still to be discovered.


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