History day gives lesson on Newport's past

At Newport Reference Library in John Frost Square, local groups came together to celebrate the history of Newport. Pictured dressed up in period costume from Tredegar House, left Monty Dart, Ruth Knight, Judith Rice and reference library manager Alex Jar

At Newport Reference Library in John Frost Square, local groups came together to celebrate the history of Newport. Pictured at the friends of the Newport Transporter bridge are volunteers Mary and David Hando. (4631144)

HISTORY DAY: Friends of the Newport Transporter Bridge volunteers Mary and David Hando

First published in News

PEOPLE learned about Newport through the ages at a history day held at the Reference Library in John Frost Square on Saturday.

Dressed in period costume, groups such as the Friends of Tredegar House and Friends of the Transporter Bridge had stalls and talked to members of the public about the city’s past.

Monty Dart, who volunteered to talk about Tredegar House, said the event was “well attended, with lots of interest in local history and our heritage”.

Old copies of this paper were even on display, with a front page from 1940 as well as various local papers dating back as far as the 1860s.

Local historian Richard Frame, who found John Frost’s grave site and is an expert on the Chartists, gave a talk.

Newport has a rich maritime and industrial heritage and boasts Tredegar House and the Transporter Bridge as famous city landmarks, built in the 17th century and the 20th century, respectively.

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