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!
it has long been an ambition to write a history of Pemrboke and we have collected quite an archive of photographs and recordings. Looking at ways of making this material accessible, we devised a project called “Through My Eyes: a Community History of Pembroke and Monkton” which will involve making short films or digital stories of Pembroke people. Since making the initial few films, and showing them in talks and exhibitions, interest has been huge. The idea has gained momentum for a DVD of the stories and an accompanying book. We have deliberated for some considerable time on how best to achieve this, but eventually a detailed plan was submitted to the Heritage Lottery.
We are pleased to announce that we have won funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this major project. We are under no illusions about the volume of work we have set ourselves and many well known Pembroke personalities are taking part. This is a voluntary, community project in the true sense of the word: a history written by the community for the community and all done for love not money – the grant of £9,900 is for publication and associated costs only. But it is so wonderful to have these costs covered in one grant – while we do fundraise to cover our running costs, to be able to raise such a sum would be very difficult. We are therefore extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their faith in this project, and also to the Pembrokeshire Museums and Libraries for supporting our bid.
The Project Team
COMING IN JUNE - THE PEMBROKE MUSEUM PROJECT
Saturday June 1st - Pembroke Museum Project, Opening Event
The Society is having a busy time at the moment as we are making a start on assembling displays in the Town Hall ready for the forthcoming Pembroke Museum Project opening on June 1st. Not a lot of time to perform this feat but we will get there in the end! Pembroke Town Council is facilitating the museum project by providing the Court Room and is working with our Society and the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society: this is not a funded project but very much a voluntary community effort. The work will be ongoing and it is hoped people will come forward with objects for loan, old photographs to scan and memorabilia – or just tell us your memories. We will be needing volunteers and there is a rota at reception if you feel you could help man the exhibition, just 2 hours a week would be a great help. This is a start, we need to build and anyone interested in becoming involved is welcomed. People bemoan the fact that Pembroke does not have the museum it deserves – this is our chance to achieve it.
NEW PAGE - THE PEMBROKE TOWN HALL MURALS
Our President George Lewis and his wife Jeanne are well known local artists responsible for painting the marvellous Pembroke Town Hall Murals. The Murals depict notable events, scenes and people in Pembroke during its development and history from the Stone Age to early 20th Century, and are on permanent display in the foyer and upper landing of Pembroke Town Hall.
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AWARD WINNING SOCIETY!
We scooped two awards in May in recoginition of our work in promoting Pembroke's heritage and in our committment to volunteering: one from Pembroke Town Council and the other from PAVS - Pembroke Association of Voluntary Services.
keep up to date with us in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Observer - we have a weekly page which is all about our Society's activities and stories and pictures about old Pembroke.
We are a voluntary group dedicated to raising the awareness of our history and preserving the memory for future generations.
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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