Newport-born actor Michael Sheen officially opened the Chartist exhibition at Newport Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday 7 April 2010 (see picture below).
the opening, Michael Sheen, said: “I was delighted to be at the opening
of the exhibition and back in the city of my birth. It is an honour to
be associated with the exhibition as the Chartists are one of the most
important political movements of our times.
“It is obvious to see the hardwork and enthusiasm that has gone into the exhibition which aims to make Chartism relevant today.”
exhibition is now open to the public and will display the historically
significant collection of items related to the Chartist movement in
Newport. On display will be images, weapons, newspapers, silver and
documents from the time of the Chartist protest in 1839.
member for Leisure and Continuing Learning, Councillor Mike Hamilton,
said: “I am delighted that actor Michael Sheen found time in his busy
schedule to open the new Chartist exhibition. The Chartist protest is a
significant date in Newport’s history and this new exhibition is great
for the city.”
In 1839 the
Chartists marched to fight for the rights of the ordinary working people
and the display aims to make Chartism relevant today and question
peoples’ beliefs about democracy and the vote. This new exhibition is
people-focused, thought-provoking and is a multi media exhibition which
tells the story of this nationally important event in Newport’s history.