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Welcome to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society Website!  

If you want to find out about Pembroke's long and prestigious history, this is the site for you.  It will also keep you up to date with our many events, activities and projects - please also visit our Blog which has been our diary of events since our very first meeting in October 2009!

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CELEBRATING OUR MUSEUM

Pembroke Mayor Aaron Carey which some of the volunteers  

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On Friday May 30th, Pembroke Town Council played host to Volunteers Night in the Town Hall. People who have helped run and support Pembroke Museum were invited to a social evening as a ‘thank you’ for their contribution.   It was a birthday celebration too as Pembroke Museum celebrates the first anniversary of its opening on June 1st 2013.

 Welcome from the Mayor

Altogether 65 people accepted the invitation to attend the function which was opened by Pembroke’s new  Mayor, Clr Aaron Carey.  Clr Carey conveyed the Town Council’s thanks to all who had helped make the Museum a success and for voluntarily giving up so much of their time to promoting Pembroke’s heritage.  He then proposed a toast to the museum and was thanked by our President George Lewis, who with wife Jeanne, painted the Pembroke Murals which adorn the walls of the foyer, staircase and landing of Pembroke Town Hall. No one has done more to promote our heritage than George and Jeanne, and for this reason George was elected President of the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society, a position he fills with great enthusiasm. 

 The History Society

The History Society is a main organiser of the museum, working in cooperation with West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, Pembroke Civic Trust and Terry John of the Sealed Knot.  As Chairman of the Society and also Curator, Linda Asman was asked to say a few words and she thanked the Mayor for his kind words and the generosity of Pembroke Town Council for enabling the museum to happen.  Many in Pembroke do not realise how much our Town Council does for the town.  In this instance they made the old Court Room available for voluntary groups to run as a museum together with a start up grant of £5,000.  It could not have happened otherwise. 

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JULY/AUGUST EVENTS

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Friday 11th July   Quiz Night & Social at Monkton Church Hall.  £4 includes a delicious buffet.  Bring your own bottle if you wish. All proceeds to Monkton Priory Church.

Wednesday afternoons, from 23rd July to 20th August, Terry John will be leading a series of guided walks though Pembroke recounting the dramatic story of the Siege of Pembroke 1648.  Walks start at Pembroke Town Hall, £3 per adult, £2 concessions, children under 5 free.  Please book your place at Pembroke Town Hall (01646 683092.  All proceeds to Pembroke Museum fund.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST

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The River Rally on Saturday 26th July.  Pembroke Town Council, sponsors of the event, will be organising activities, entertainment on the South Quay from 2 pm and the flotilla of boats led by West Wales Maritime Heritage Society will be arriving around 5 pm.

Victorian Themed Week at St Mary's Pembroke from 28th July to 3rd August.  This will be held daily from 10 am to 5 pm with refreshments in the vestry coffee bar.  The History Society will be taking part with an exhibition on Victorian Pembroke.

Flower Festival at Monkton Priory Church from 10th -17th August on the theme of War Poems.  Floral displays, raffles, refreshments, light lunches.  Again the History Society is taking part

A Talk by Mr Harry Mount on 'The Loveliest Buildings in Pembrokeshire' on Wednesday, 13th August at 7 pm.  All welcome, free entry, retiring collection.

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Guided Civil War Walks with Terry John July/August

PEMBROKE MUSEUM

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The big success story last year was the opening of Pembroke Museum in the Court Room of Pembroke Town Hall. It has proved a popular community venture and has come about by the successful partnership between Pembroke Town Council and local heritage groups including the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society, the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, the Pembroke Civic Trust, the Sealed Knot and interested members of the community.  It has all been done completely voluntarily - a museum for the community run by members of the community. 

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Opening the Museum with Pembroke's Mayor Clr Keith NicholasPembroke Museum Logo by George LewisPembroke Museum

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The Museum is open on weekdays

Monday - Thursday: 10am to 3pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm

See also

Click on picture link

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Through My Eyes: a community history of

Pembroke & Monkton      

Our major project, publication of which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Project Team

Visit the Town Hall Murals

- a wonderful journey through time in pictures by George & Jeanne Lewis

 

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The Pembroke Story

Follow 10,000 years of Pembroke's prestigious history through our History Pages.

Projects

Take a look at the many projects we are involved with..

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and much more.

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Keep up to date with us in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Observer - we have a weekly page written by Linda Asman which features stories and pictures about old Pembroke as well as information about our many events and activities.

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We are a voluntary group dedicated to raising the awareness of our history and preserving the memory for future generations.  So join us if you like - through popular demand we now have a membership at the nominal fee of £3 and welcome new members.  If you do not wish to join, our events remain free unless otherwise stated as for our fundraising quizzes.

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We have received funding to set up our resource centre, purchase equipment and display materials.  So thanks to WCVA and PAVS and also to PLANED for funding our Monkton and Pembroke Heritage Leaflets and now to the Heritage Lottery for funding our Community History.

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©Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society

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Home Page

Visit our Blog

for a complete account of our activities

 

 

 

Download our

Jan to June Programme

 

Review of the Year - looking back at 2011

 

find out more about Pembroke's maritime history

 

Go to our Publications Page for a downloadable copy of our leaflet

 

James Spooner and Vicki Haggar

 

The stunning

landscape of the

Castlemartin

Peninsula