A new exhibition, exploring the rich history of the Island’s county town of Newport, opens at the Museum of Island History next week, with free entry for residents next Tuesday and Thursday (Feb 22 & 24), between 10am and 1pm.
Located in the historic Guildhall in Newport’s High Street, the display will show the archaeology and social history of the town with photographs, paintings and artefacts.
The exhibition is supported by a grant as part of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) cultural programme. It will develop throughout 2022, with further free entry days, family workshops and history talks.
Corina Westwood, from the IW Heritage Service, said: “We hope to develop the exhibition alongside the people of the Island and would like people’s memories and stories of the town to add to the display.
“The funding will also assist the compilation of a Newport resource pack which will be available on-line and we hope to welcome schools to try out a Newport-themed workshop.
“In half-term week, there will also be a photo hunt for families and activities to take away.”
Newport’s Roman Villa will also be open on Monday (Feb 21) between 10am and 2pm for a special reduced price of just £1 per person.
Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, cabinet member for regeneration and business development, added: “The support of our HSHAZ programme is helping local people reconnect with our heritage. As chairwoman of Newport HSHAZ, I look forward to more such initiatives.”