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CBA responds to proposals to close Newport Museum and Art Gallery

The CBA has responded to proposals by Newport City Council to close the City Museum and Art Gallery. The highly regarded institution contains important collections of Newport's archaeological heritage from prehistory to the 20th Century, including material from the Roman fortress at Caerleon, and objects telling the story of the city's association with the Chartist movement, along with the internationally important 15th Century Newport Ship.

Newport Museum front

Whilst the Council maintains a long term goal to re-open the museum in a new location and maintain the cultural benefits of the highly regarded museum the CBA have raised concerns about the lack of information relating to how access to the collections for research, and future access for the public would be maintained.

The Council are proposing a future consultation on options for the future of the Museum and it is the CBA's opinion that until this review is undertaken and consulted upon the Council would be making a mistake to commit to the closure in its budget.

The consultation has now closed, but those interested are advised to get in touch with Newport Council with their views and watch for future updates from the City Council via their website and the CBA via social media.

The CBA's response is attached below.

CBA letter to Newport City Council (292.9K, .PDF)
CBA letter to Newport Council

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