FoNS Visit Mary Rose 30 March


Thursday 30th March 2017 we have planned a coach trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard primarily to visit the Mary Rose Museum. The coach is now booked and there are still places available.

It is possible to pay for entry to the Mary Rose Museum only – an Individual Attraction ticket. Alternatively, it is possible to pay for an All Attraction ticket which permits entry to the Mary Rose Museum and any/all of HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS M33, Action Stations (interactive displays) and Boathouse 4 (ship building skills). Senior citizen prices are for persons aged 60 and over. Individual entrance tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of the first visit enabling individuals to make return visits as many times as they may wish during the year. I am hoping to arrange a “behind the scenes tour” but this is still to be confirmed.

Individual Ticket: Mary Rose only: Standard £18.00; Senior £16.20

Individual Ticket: All Attractions: Standard £28.00; Senior £25.20

In addition to the above ticket prices there will be a charge of £15 per person for the executive coach (with on-board wc).

We are aware that some Mevisit-museummbers have already visited the Mary Rose and have individual tickets which are still within the 12 month validity period. These Members are very welcome to join the group and will be required to pay the coach fare of £15 only.

The coach will depart from the Ship Centre in Newport at 7.00am with anticipated arrival in Portsmouth at 10.00am. The return trip will depart at 5.00pm with estimated arrival in Newport at around 8.00pm. The ticket prices do not include refreshments or meals but there are plenty of establishments serving food and beverages within the Historic Dockyard.

If you are interested, please email Rob as soon as possible at or telephone me on 07718 751391.


Save the date: The Newport Ship’s 15th Anniversary Concert: Riverfront Theatre, Saturday 19th August 2017


A concert to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the discovery of the Newport Medieval Ship will be given by St Woolos Sinfonia at the find site of our Ship, the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.MedNewport A4 300dpi (2)

A “happy blend of professional and student musicians, teachers of their instruments and enthusiastic amateurs” (South Wales Argus 2011), St. Woolos Sinfonia have been successful in bringing the joy of classical music to a broad range of people. Many acclaimed performances have been given in venues across South and West Wales. Charitable since 2012. The orchestra, based in the City of Newport accepted the invitation to become “Orchestra in Residence” in Newport Cathedral in 2015.

Under the baton of its exceptionally talented New Zealand Principal Conductor Tianyi Lu, the orchestra plans to mark the occasion and treat the audience with a “Maritime–themed” programme featuring old and newer music including from Handel’s Water Music, Strauss’ Blue Danube, living composer Gareth Glyn’s Anglesey Seascapes, and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

riverfront2St. Woolos Sinfonia’s Chairman and Leader of the orchestra Christoph Mädler: “We are honoured to be invited and proud to contribute to such a great occasion in the City to highlight its rich heritage.”

Tickets will be on sale from the Riverfront at a cost of £20 per person, to include a glass of wine before the concert.

It’s Raffle Ticket Time Again!


The Friends of Newport Ship are once again taking advantage of the Annual Prize Draw organised by Newport Uskmouth Rotary Club.nurdraffle2017

Tickets are just £1 and you could win £500, £200, an original watercolour painting or one of the other lesser prizes.

The Friends of Newport Ship regularly get good results, and whilst we have around 10% of the draw tickets printed, we generally get over 15% of the prizes.

Tickets are available from Committee Members and volunteers, and from the Cabin at the Ship Centre when we are open for visitors (every Saturday henceforth, and Fridays and Bank Holidays from Easter weekend)

As before we can also offer tickets by post.  Please send me your cheque along with your name, address, postcode and phone number for multiples of complete books of 5 tickets (i.e. £5 per book) and I will write out your stubs and I can then confirm your donation by post, email or phone as most convenient.  Send your cheque and info to me, Phil Cox (FoNS), 5 Goodrich Grove, Newport, NP10 8SY to arrive before 18 April.

Best of luck in the draw!  If you win one of the money prizes you could always consider giving half to the Friends of Newport Ship as a donation along with your gift aid declaration – it all helps to support the Newport Medieval Ship project as we come towards the end of the conservation stage and look to plans for re-assembly.

RCAHMW Digital Past 2017


The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales invites you to attend:

Digital Past 2017: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach.

15 – 16 February 2017 at The Riverfront, Newport

Registration will close on Friday: Register Your Place at Digital Past 2017 Now…

The speaker programme for Digital Past 2017 is complete!

The range of fantastic speakers, from around the UK and beyond, can be found on the Conference speaker page. Their expertise ranges from high-tech digital survey methodology to the latest engagement tools, while taking in the complexities of open data and data management. See the full programme.

Registration for the two days is only £89, including lunches and refreshments. As spaces are limited please make sure to book now.

The Friends of Newport Ship will have an exhibition stand at the main event. Stands are selling fast, so if you are interested in showcasing your project, services or products to our wide range of delegates then take a look at our exhibitions page for details of facilities and booking.

As part of the programme there is a visit to the Newport Medieval Ship Centre to see the digital recording process in action – including a sneak preview of the displays for the new season of regular opening from 18 February.

We look forward to welcoming you to Digital Past in 2017.

The Digital Past Team / Friends of Newport Ship

New Painting: Final Resting Place


At a simple gathering at the Newport Medieval Ship Centre last Saturday (28 January), artist David Jordan handed over to the Friends of Newport Ship, his new painting of the Newport Medieval Ship being hauled into what turned out to be her final resting place in a side pill (inlet) downstream from Town Pill and Newport’s castle and bridge.

The painting has been created following extensive research and discussion with the project curator and other members of the project’s expert panel, and is probably the most accurate depiction of the event that we can achieve.

The painting will be on display in the Ship Centre for all visitors to see.  Copies will be available for purchase in a range of sizes in due course.

David’s full story of ‘Newport Ship and Me’ will be published in the next edition of the Members’ Newsletter due to be produced shortly.  We will also be publishing a short interview with David on YouTube to coincide with the Newsletter.  Copies of our bi-monthly newsletters are distributed free to all members, and are available for a nominal sum from the Ship Centre for non-members.

The Newport Medieval Ship Centre reopens for public access on Saturday 18 February between 10.30am and 4.00pm (and every Saturday until mid-December).  There will be a new layout, new displays, new visibility into our conservation stores, but the same great welcome from enthusiastic volunteer guides to tell you the stories behind the displays.

We look forward to seeing you when you visit.  For more information on opening days and times, please check our website

Crosscurrents….. Book Launch


The Friends of Newport Ship and CWTSH invite you to our Book Launch at 2.00pm on Saturday 18 February, at the Newport Medieval Ship Centre.cwtsh-logo

Inspired by the Newport Medieval Ship, Cwtsh Creative Writers have produced a fascinating collection of tales and poems.  Imagination is stirred as these talented writers take you to eclectic visions from the past.

A treasure trove of fired imaginations, heads got together to fuse a cauldron of creativity. ‘Crosscurrents‘ is the first anthology of Cwtsh Writers who have woven magic through their fingers.  These stories and poems will surprise and delight with their variations on a theme. They bring to life the vibrancy of fifteenth century living in Newport and touch upon mysteries surrounding an enormous ship that found its way here quite by chance.

Copies of the book will be available for sale in the cabin at just £4.50 with profits split between Cwtsh and the Friends of Newport Ship.

Newport Medieval Ship Centre, Unit 20, Estuary Road, Queensway Meadows Ind.Estate, Newport, NP19 4SP.

ABP 2016 Sponsorship Finally Acknowledged


As we rush headlong towards the end of this year, we have finally (and belatedly) handed over the 2016 sponsorship certificate to Associated British Ports (ABP). Port Manager Chris Green is now recovered from his prolonged illness and today received the certificate from Phil Cox (FoNS Chairman), acknowledging their annual sponsorship of the Friends of Newport Ship.

In the forthcoming year we hope to work more closely with Newport Docks and at one of our forthcoming talks will tell some of the stories from the development of Docks and of the disaster of the collapse of the new dock gates.

If you or your organisation as looking to sponsor something that will develop into one of the biggest heritage tourism attractions in Wales, then please get in touch via our website at

The Medieval Ship Centre is currently closed for the winter period, but will reopen on Saturday 18 February. Check the website for details.