Discover Pembrokeshire’s Hidden Histories

02 Sep

As the summer comes to a close, look forward to an autumn of discovery with our 2017 series of Autumn Evenings, as we open our doors after hours for one evening each month for a chance to look around the Heritage Centre, and hear a talk from a local historians, authors and enthusiasts…

Starting on Friday 8th September, the Heritage Centre will open from 6.00pm, and stay open for two hours, allowing visitors full access to all the displays, the Gift Shop and the Coffee Shop. Parking on site will be completely free, and normal admission charges will apply, with no additional costs for the talk or presentation.

 

The full line up includes:

8 September 2017, Behind the Hedgerows, John Evans

Aviation historian, author, and founder of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust, John Evans, will take our visitors on a virtual tour around Pembrokeshire, behind the hedgerows to take a closer look at the history of the airfields (and flying boat stations) around the county.

6 October 2017, Pembrokeshire Shipwrecks, Ted Goddard

Pembrokeshire is at the crossroads of some of the busiest shipping routes in the world and this illustrated talk spotlights the fascinating story of the heroism, tragedy and plunder of just some of the hundreds of shipwrecks on our wild coastline in the past 300 years.

3 November 2017, Meet the Artists! Ieuan Layton-Matthews and Tim Jenkins

Evening opening and opportunity to meet the renowned Welsh aviation artists, Ieuan Layton-Matthews & Tim Jenkins.   Both Ieuan and Tim are members of the Guild of Aviation Artists, and have made a significant contribution along with others to our upcoming exhibition – which will be in place in time for this event.

1 December 2017, Fortifications on the Haven Waterway, Nic Wheeler

Positioned facing the western approaches and Ireland, Pembrokeshire has long been the subject of invasion, overseas adventures and sites of strategic maritime importance. This talk will concentrate on defenses since the development of the use of gunpowder, from Henry VIII to WWII, and especially the so-called ‘Palmerston’s Follies’ dating from around the time of HMS Warrior and the Naval Dockyard in Pembroke Dock.

 

Each evening will follow a similar format, with approximate timings:

6.00pm Doors Open
6.30pm Talk Starts
7.15pm (approx) Questions, discussion and opportunity to look around the Heritage Centre
8.00pm (approx) Close

Standard entry to the Heritage Centre will apply with no additional charge (Adults, £5; Concessions, £4; Gift Aid options available). Parking at the Heritage Centre is free.

Advance booking is available, with special rates for groups of ten or more. Please contact enquiries@sunderlandtrust.com or 01646 684220.

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