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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!



Pembroke Museum has just welcomed a new exhibit: a stunning model of a Tudor ship made by David James.  The ship is Henry VII’s battleship the Mary Fortune and it was ‘christened’ to great applause by the large gathering of well wishers who had assembled for the ‘launch’ event hosted by the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society in Pembroke Town Hall on May 2nd.

David James is the well known Secretary of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society (WWMHS) and is a popular speaker and author.  He is also a very talented and prolific model shipwright, building scale model ships – the Mary Fortune is the latest of a string of constructions, many of which can be found in museums in Pembrokeshire. Four of his models have even been displayed in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

 “It was following a talk in Tredegar House in Newport, Gwent that the idea of making it originated” David said.  “I was approached to make a model of the Newport ship – the ship that had been discovered in the docks in 2002. " But what better place to house this latest model than in Pembroke’s own museum where the Henry VII story is so important and our Tudor links celebrated? In fact when I initially heard David was contemplating making it, I begged him to consider placing it here.  

David James with his model of Henry VIIs ship Mary Fortune in Pembroke Museum   David James model of Kathleen and May in Pembroke Museum

In Pembroke museum we are fortunate to have some of David's other models on display: K3, a Compass fishing boat, a Brixham Trawler, HMS Falcon (1820) ( sister ship to the Beagle)  and the Kathleen & May, a model of utmost importance to us as she was the last of the coastal traders to sail up the Pembroke River to trade at the North Quay in 1960.  As such she represents the end of a chapter in the town’s history and still lives on in the memories of Pembroke people, including David who can remember the Kathleen & May coming in to unload cargoes of corn and potatoes etc at the North Quay.

The Kathleen & May model was commissioned by Pembroke Town Council in the late 1990s and was  for many years on show in the foyer of the Town Hall: it now forms a focal point in the Court Room museum, central to our maritime display, to which the WWMHS is the major contributor.  






The much awaited launch of our ‘Through my Eyes – a Community History of Pembroke and Monkton’ took place at the weekend and the response was overwhelming.  So many turned up at the Town Hall and came to buy – we sold 170 books in two hours!

We are extremely grateful to our Assembly Member Angela Burns for opening proceedings along with daughter Daisy who really got into the swing of things. Pembroke Town Council sponsored the event and the Mayor Clr Aaron Carey made the introductions.  Angela Burns then addressed a crowded Town Hall,  above all acknowledging the great amount of voluntary work that has gone into the production of the ‘Through My Eyes’  book and DVD, a project which has involved so many people in the making. It was, she said, a great example of volunteering, of people giving up so much of their time to produce something of value for the community.   Chairman of the Society,Linda Asman, thanked Angela for her kind words and gave a short presentation to describe the project and thanked all those who had helped bring it about.  

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A journey through time

The stories have also been printed as a book, which was originally intended as a key to the DVD but, as it turns out, is fascinating read in its own right and is generously illustrated with personal photographs rather than the usual views of old Pembroke.  The book enables you to see at a glance how the DVD is arranged and how, taken in sequence, the stories take you through time. They are arranged in Sections each with an introduction to link each story to its place in Pembroke’s developing story – from stories which reflect on our prestigious historic past and traditions to personal memories which take us back to Victorian and early 20th century Pembroke to the present day.

It is thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund that we have been able to publish ‘Through My Eyes’.  Because of the funding we are able to sell the book at a subsidised rate of £12 and make no charge for the DVD which will be given free with the book: our heritage belongs to us all and we want to make it affordable for everyone.  We will hope to recoup the overspend on the project with the book sales, and any monies resulting will be re invested in future projects of the History Society.



The opening of Pembroke Museum in the Court Room of Pembroke Town Hall has been a big success story. 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. 

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


The Museum is open daily Monday - Friday 10.00am. to 12.30pm, afternoons also during the summer months.

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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




The Pembroke Story

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


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



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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.





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.

All work carried out by members of this Society is voluntary  and there are plenty of volunteering opportunities.  We organise many events to promote our history and run Pembroke Museum.  We put up exhibitions and displays in support of community events and also support other voluntary organisations' fundraising efforts. We give talks , arrange walks and write articles.  And more.





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