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Autumn Evenings in Pembroke Dock

30 Aug
Autumn Evenings 2016 poster

This Autumn there will be something different to do with your evenings, as we open the Heritage Centre after hours one Friday each month, to welcome local historians and authors as they give talks and presentations about our history and heritage. Starting on Friday 9th September, and continuing on Friday 7th October, Friday 4th November […]

Heritage Centre remembers Sunderland airmen

17 Nov
T9044 display 1115 (3)

After a successful first full visitor season, the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will be closing for two winter months – December and January. The Centre, in the Royal Dockyard Chapel, will close as from Monday November 30th. However, it will open especially for parties already pre-booked and also extends an invitation to organisations and groups […]

Weighty puzzle for Heritage Centre team

11 Nov
Mystery Object Aled and Alan 1115

A mystery machinery item – found in a house clearance – has set the team at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre a weighty puzzle. It was donated recently with suggestions that it might be connected to the wartime Sunderland, T9044, which sank off the town 75 years ago this month. Aled Lewis, who recently joined […]

Airfield Return for Pilot’s Family and Friends

23 Sep
Flashback to 1943 - Gordon Singleton’s Sunderland after landing on Angle Airfield.
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive.

The ashes of a Sunderland pilot have been scattered on the airfield where he made wartime aviation history. The wife and grandson of Gordon Singleton were joined by friends at Angle Airfield where in May 1943 he landed the four engined flying boat on grass after an epic rescue in the Atlantic. Gordon, then serving […]

Ann Recreates Wartime History

04 Jul
Ann Neville Operations Board 614

A key day in Pembroke Dock’s wartime history has been frozen in time, thanks to the skills of a Sunderland Trust Volunteer. Ann Neville has meticulously recreated RAF Pembroke Dock’s Operations Board for one of the critical days following the D-Day Invasion in June 1944. From a faded photograph Ann has extracted all the lettering […]

Gareth recalls GIs’ ‘Friendly Invasion’

23 Jun
Gareth Mills with copies of ‘The Friendly Invasion’, pictured at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography.

Research by Sunderland Trust Volunteer Gareth Mills for the recent D-Day 70th Anniversary events in Pembroke Dock has led to a fascinating addition to the written record of wartime Pembrokeshire. Such was the excellent response to appeals for recollections and information on the American forces which ‘invaded’ the county before D-Day in June 1944 that […]

‘Home run’ for iconic Alvis

16 Jun
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

A gathering of iconic cars – made by the Alvis Company – will take place at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard Chapel on Sunday. Over 20 cars are expected as the Alvis Owners’ Club visits the new Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, which will be open in the afternoon especially for the visit. Alvis has a very […]

D-Day Events are Big Attraction at Town’s New Heritage Centre

13 Jun
Mrs Kath Roach of Freystrop with her immaculate David Brown tractor which saw wartime service at Royal Naval Air Station Dale.

With national and international focus upon the beaches of Normandy on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Pembrokeshire’s key contributions to the Invasion of Occupied Europe on 6th June 1944 were particularly remembered in special events at Pembroke Dock. The recently opened Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre in the Royal Dockyard Chapel staged two days of D-Day […]

Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert

26 Feb

  Yachts Fit for A Queen Five Royal yachts’ were built at Pembroke Dockyard, Reflecting its premier status. Three were named Victoria and Albert after the long reigning Monarch and her consort. The Royal yacht’s were: 1843:Paddle yacht Victoria and Albert(I). launched on April 26th. Of 1,034 tons she served under this name until 1855, was […]