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!



Pembroke Town Hall at Christmas   Nativity Scene at Pembroke Town Hall

This beautiful Nativity Scene can be seen in the foyer of Pembroke Town Hall throughout the Christmas period. 

Seasons greetings to all and I hope we may look forward to a Happy New Year. 

We begin the New Year with a Museum Volunteers' meeting on Monday January 5th 10am.in Pembroke Town Hall to discuss reorganisation of the Museum and take on board suggestions for improving the service.  The Museum will be closed throughout January for this purpose.

Then, on Saturday January 10th we have a New Years get together in Pembroke Town Hall for a Coffee Morning and also to take a look at schooldays past -hopefully this will attract photographs and artefacts to form the basis of a new display in Pembroke Museum.  Or just come along for a chat. 

This will be followed by our Quiz NIght on Friday January 23rd at Monkton Church Hall - a fun, social evening accompanied by a fine buffet.  By then, 2015 will be well under way!

Quiz Night Poster January 23rd 2015




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 wil be closed throughout January, reopening February

Monday - Friday 10.00am. to 12.30pm.

See also

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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..



and much more.


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.




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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Review of the Year - looking back at 2011


find out more about Pembroke's maritime history


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James Spooner and Vicki Haggar


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