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Researchers Trace Soldier’s Story From 1940

03 Aug
Lynette Fenwick, of Pembroke Dock, discusses her family story with researcher Ian Macrae at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

A ‘Research Weekend’ staged at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre proved so successful that it was repeated weeks later. Centre Volunteer Ian Macrae was at the Heritage Centre to help guide those delving into family history through the often confusing avenues of research. An experienced researcher at the National Archives in London, Ian had copies […]

Wartime Raid On Oil Tanks Remembered

27 Jul
A huge pall of black oily smoke hangs over Pembroke Dock town and waterfront.
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive

A devastating wartime air raid on oil tanks at Pembroke Dock will be especially remembered this August. A service of remembrance will mark the 75th anniversary of the raid and its aftermath. This and a special exhibition are being co-ordinated by the Sunderland Trust, which operates the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre in the Royal Dockyard […]

The Royal Air Force Museum is proud to announce its official association with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

28 May
Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust Chairman William McNamara (Left) with Maggie Appleton CEO of the Royal Air Force Museum (Right)

Today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was formally signed between the Royal Air Force Museum and the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust (PDST) in the presence of the Museum’s CEO Maggie Appleton MBE and PDST Chairman, William McNamara, OBE. The MOU will see the RAF Museum and Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust establish a partnership to foster […]

A Royal Tragedy Remembered

26 May
Charles Lewis, the Letterston airman, in a still from the film ‘Coastal Command’.
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive.

A Pembrokeshire airman’s part in a royal tragedy is told in a new display at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. Charles Lewis, of Letterston, was among the crew of a Sunderland flying boat which in August 1942 took off from a Scottish base, destination Iceland. On board was the King’s brother, the Duke of Kent, and […]

Coronation Photos Stir Many Memories

14 May
Two photographs from the Coronation School archive - the School Choir in 1960 and the Colts Rugby XV for the 1959/60 season

‘Thanks for the memories’ – that’s the message from the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre team following the great success of the display of photographs of the town’s well remembered Coronation School. Since the display was set up a few weeks ago there’s been a steady flow of visitors, from locally and further afield, to look […]

Char and a Wad to Celebrate Victory!

05 May
Flashback to 1945 as Pembroke Dock celebrates Victory! Can readers name the street?
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive

Celebrate Victory with a Char and a Wad! That’s the invitation from the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre where Victory in Europe 70 years ago is being celebrated with wartime fayre which will bring back memories to many.  At the Heritage Centre – in the Royal Dockyard Chapel – spam and jam sandwiches will be on […]

One For The Star Wars Fans

05 May
Darth Vader, (Mark Williams) outside the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

  Here at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre we are working on creating an exhibit to celebrate our special connections to a famous spaceship, the Millennium Falcon, which was constructed locally. If you worked on its construction or knew someone who did we’d love to hear from you so we can record your memories! We […]

Norway Remembers Sunderland Crew

24 Apr
Ogwyn George, an RAF wireless operator from Mountain Ash, pictured on a Sunderland at Pembroke Dock.

The crew of a Pembroke Dock Sunderland have again been remembered in Norway – 75 years after the flying boat was shot down. Sunderland L2167, of 210 Squadron, was sent on a reconnaissance over Oslo on April 9th, 1940, as the German invasion of the country began. When returning the Sunderland was attacked by fighter […]

Sitting on Aviation History

15 Apr
Andrew Clark (right) hands over the bomber seat to Heritage Centre crew members Tony Ward (left) and Steve Canton.

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

Sitting on history – that’s the ‘crew’ at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre who have acquired a wartime relic. This is a well preserved metal seat and fittings believed to be from a Wellington bomber – loaned to the Centre by lifelong aviation enthusiast Andrew Clark. Andrew, who lives at Johnston, has owned the seat for […]