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Saturday 5 October: A Tour of Newport Museum with curator, Oliver Blackmore.
Keith Underwood’s comments on the visit to Newport Museum on Sat 5 October
On Saturday afternoon, October 5th, we arrived independently in John Frost Square to visit the Museum and Art Gallery. In the opposite corner of the square, fenced off, was the former passageway to Dock Street. The scene was reminiscent of Greenham Common, as the fences were festooned with photos, flowers and posters, as a demonstration was prepared against the destruction of the wonderful Chartist tiled mural, a jewel in any thinking person’s crown – but not Newport city Council’s! The demo was supported by people from all walks of life, very angry that the mural had been destroyed. John Frost and Co would not have been surprised.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery has under gone difficult times in past few years, seeing the workforce reduce by a quarter and most recently, the axing of the Temporary Exhibition programme, with the compulsory redundancy of the Visual Arts Officer. This unpopular decision also met with fierce public protest but sadly to no avail. Unfortunately, the situation is only going to worsen, with crippling local government cuts set to hit Wales in the next three years and very tough decisions to be made regarding cultural provision in Newport by the Council.
Walking around the Museum, it was difficult to understand how access to such an incomparable museum could ever be at risk, but such are the times in which we live, that nothing seems impossible! Museum Curator Oliver Blackmore took us through our history via the wonderful and often rare artefacts and geological treasures housed in the collection. Early tools, human remains (he justified the possession of these remains on the basis of proven invaluable research), the aurochs, the Barland’s Farm boat, the Caerwent mosaic, all revitalised our already intense interest. The climax came when Oliver Blackmore wheeled out a trolley on which were displayed some recent small finds from the Newport Ship, also threatened. A ‘posh’ pointed leather shoe, an archer’s leather wrist guard, a pulley block from the rigging, are but three of the items about to go on display. We extend our grateful thanks to Oliver Blackmore for giving up his time to enhance our archaeological and antiquarian interests.
About sixteen members turned up, a comfortable number. Richard Frame reminded us of the formation of the Friends of the Newport Museum and Art Gallery, which it is hoped all members of the Association will actively support, sending their names to Christabel at the earliest opportunity. The Friends will be an independent group set up to support, lobby and raise the profile of Newport Museum and Art Gallery in these challenging times. Such irreplaceable collections need our support. Some of us went upstairs to the Art Gallery to look at the Art on display yet another tip of a huge iceberg. This magnificent collection will also be the concern of the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery. The newly published South Wales edition of the Public Catalogue Foundation – Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in South Wales (ISBN 978-1-909475-04-5) – registers the Newport Collection as one of the finest and most comprehensive in the country. The book is available from the Museum at the specially reduced price.
Saturday, 23 November: Two Free Lectures Afternoon 2pm start
Dr Peter Guest and Dr Mark Lewis two notable archaeologists will lecture on aspects of archaeological research concerning Roman Caerleon
Please note the all day History/Archaeology Day has been cancelled. In its place is an afternoon offering two free lectures to the general public. Entry is by ticket only.
Dr Peter Guest, a member of staff at the School of History and Archaeology, at Cardiff University, will lecture on the fascinating and on-going research into the finds excavated at Caerleon.
Dr Mark Lewis, Curator of National Roman Legion Museum will lecture on the portrait (below) created from the man’s skull and produced using the latest technology.
Two Free November Lectures
At: Caerleon Endowed Junior School
On: 23 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Free tickets are available from:
National Roman Legion Museum
Send a stamped address envelope
1 Fields Park Ave
or tel: 01633 215376
ENTRY BY TICKET ONLY – ENTRY FREE
Tea and cake available in interval