On Friday 18th October the 2nd years went on a trip to Newport where we visited the city’s Museum and Art Gallery to kick off our live brief project in Newport. We were given a tour of the museum by Annette Wells, the Museum officer, who explained that the museum was celebrating its 125 year anniversary since opening in 1888. We were given a tour of the Reference Library by Alex Jarvis, the Reference Librarian, who showed us the extensive archives housed in the library.
Afterwards we were given a talk by Marie Jordan about the Medieval ship that was found on the bank of the Usk and the many ways of preserving and recording the remains and artifacts. The final talk of the morning was given by Sally-Anne Evans, the Arts Officer, about the Riverfront building and the events that it hosts throughout the year.
After a quick lunch break we walked to St Woolas Cathedral to meet Richard Frame, local historian and artist, for a tour of Newport. We were shown the site of the Chartists burial, the old medieval boundary and the pub where Jimi Hendrix played, and much more.
We then walked to the Transporter Bridge where Mike Lewis, the Museum and Heritage Officer, gave a brief history of the bridge’s construction. Those who were brave enough climbed to the top of the bridge, 74 metres high, to see the view over the city. The day ended with a well-deserved trip to the pub!
Thank you to everyone that made the day possible, we look forward to working with you all further.