NEWPORT Museum has issued an appeal for information after taking delivery of a historic donation.

The museum, based at John Frost Square in the city, has received a brace of fine, carved wooden Victorian-era fascia sign boards from the recently closed Wildings store in Commercial Street.

The fascia boards were most recently on display on the walls of the now closed store’s cafe, but it’s believed that they were once at the front of a Wildings store in the then bustling town.

South Wales Argus:

Newport Museum collections and engagement officer, Oliver Blackmore, said: “We’re thrilled to take possession of these wonderful fascia boards but now want to know more about them, where they came from originally, where they were fixed and when and anything else local people may know.

“It’s known that Wildings had a variety of addresses in Newport during their 144-year history so we’re keen to know where these boards would have once been on display.”

Mr Blackmore said the boards, donated by Newport cobbler Kelvin Reddicliffe, would go on display in Newport Museum’s Discovery Zone.

South Wales Argus:

“We’re delighted and very thankful to Kelvin for donating the fascia boards to Newport Museum.”

Mr Reddicliffe, who is based at Timpson, Austin Friars, was given the expertly carved, gold-lettered boards by Wildings when the former department store was being stripped out just before it closed.

Social historian Kelvin, who raises hundreds of pounds annually for St David’s Hospice Care, said: “I was approached by a collector to sell the fascia boards but was happier to see them go on display in Newport Museum, Everyone will now have the chance to look at them and remember an important part of Newport’s retail and commercial history which is sadly disappearing very fast.”