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!



I am pleased to report that this event was a great success!  Around 150 people supported us and it goes to show what interest there is in the First World War - it is so important that we all remember the sacrifice made by so many during this terrible conflict. Pembroke Town Council sponsored the event, and we are working in conjunction with Planed, who are coordinating a series of Commemorative Talks on the Great War and the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, which has carried out a scoping study to assess the archaeological impact of WW1 in Pembrokeshire. There was an update on this from Ken Murphy of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and popular speaker Simon Hancock gave an excellent talk on 'The Home Front in Pembrokeshire in World War 1'.  

Also supporting the event were the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society and Pembroke Civic Trust, Owen Vaughan, Carew Cheriton Control Tower, RAA, Keith Johnson of Pembrokeshire Life and of course members of the Community.  The photographs below illustrate your response.

It is important that we really make an effort to gather in material to discover the impact of the War on Pembroke and district and an exhibition of local photographs was displayed in the Main Hall.  This will remain and can be seen by visitors to the Town Hall - please help by bringing in photographs, memories of family who served and memorabilia.  

Thanks must also go to the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society Committee for arranging the Coffee Morning.  £203 was raised in support of Pembroke Museum.  

Ken Murphy of Dyfed Archaeological Trust Simon Hancock speaking on 'the Home Front in Pembrokeshire during WW!'


at Monkton Church Hall

On Saturday April 5th we will be holding a Local History Coffee Morning at Monkton Church Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm - there will be a Presentation - A Journey Around Pembrokeshire in Old Picture Postcards.  This will begin at 10.45am.  Also we will be giving an update on our WW1 Project and we would welcome any contributions towards this.

On Friday April 11th Richard Davies will be giving an evening talk on 'The French Invasion of Fishguard ... and Pembroke's Part in the Story' 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join in our events.

Pembroke&Monkton Local History Society April 5 event


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. 

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

Closed due to refurbishment of the room during October to December, the Museum has now reopened for three mornings per week - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - during the winter months, .  It will very much be 'work in progress' and I hope to be there most days working on the exhibitions.  It will be quite different from last year's exhibition and I hope some of you may be able to help. But even if you cannot commit to anything, just call in to keep in touch.  Watch this space for developments.

See also

Click on picture link

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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