What's On
Friends of Newport Museum & Art Gallery


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 :


May (date tbc) : A Guided Walk Around Frances Hawkins's Newport

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

Our Last Talk


Emily Price & Dave Evans


Tredegar House -

The National Trust Chapter


Emily Price, the House and Collections Manager and Dave Evans, the Senior Project Manager gave an excellent talk to about 50 people, some of whom were Fonmag members and some non-members who came because they were so interested in the topic. As Emily pointed out Tredegar House has played an important part in many of our lives either as a school, or as Friends or as people who just enjoyed the Park facilities. Emily and Dave are two of the ten permanent staff but the running of the house and estate depends on 350 volunteers.  They discussed the need to improve the fabric of the building and referred to the recent new roof which is allowing them to utilize the attic rooms. Dave made the amazing thought provoking statement that this was the only National Trust estate property with communities in such close proximity. It was interesting to hear that one of the major aims was to welcome the community into projects and encourage the community use of some of the buildings as they have done with Tredegar House Library. They also work to incorporate Welsh Government acts into their planning, such as the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. They aim to gain funding from various Welsh Government initiatives such as the Launch of the Healthy & Active Fund. Their planning includes 3 phases and they are currently working through Phase 1. They have a long way to go but have achieved much and it was good to hear their plans and to feel that the future is in safe hands.

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