As we begin the New Year, we are busy planning an exciting programme of events for the year!
2018 is set to be an important year for many, with two big centenary commemorations planned here and around the country; 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force, in April, and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in November.
We plan to mark both of these anniversaries, as well as planning a number of other events and activities throughout the year, including our big classic and retro vehicle events.
In 2018 we are planning two new Special Exhibitions. As we start the year, we are still showing Sentinels of the Sky, an art exhibition featuring the work of a number of artists who are based in West Wales, and members of the prestigious Guild of Aviation Artists. This exhibition will run until the end of February, and will be taken down from Monday 26 February.
At the end of March, from Monday 26 March, we intend to have a new display, highlighting our RAF uniform collection and linking to the stories of Air Force personnel in Pembroke Dock during its active years. This exhibition, which is as yet unnamed, will link to our celebrations of the Royal Air Force anniversary, and will commemorate the men and women of many nations who served at Pembroke Dock. This exhibition will run until the end of September.
From October our focus will shift, and a new display of objects and stories relating to Pembroke Dock’s role in the First World War will take centre-stage. This exhibition will form part of our commemorations of the anniversary of the end of the World War I, and will run into 2019.
Whilst some of the fine details are still being finalised, there are a number of big events we are planning throughout the year:
Sunday 1 April: Special open day and RAF100 celebration event; details to follow.
Saturday 30 June: Armed Forces Day; in 2018 we are planning a smaller event than in previous years, but will offer free entry to the Heritage Centre on the day.
Saturday 28 July: (date to be confirmed) Classic and Retro Vehicle Rendezvous; cars to meet and remain static at the Heritage Centre for the duration of the day with a range of other funday activities on-site.
Saturday 6 October: South Pembrokeshire Coastal Run, in association with Pembrokeshire County Motoring Events; to meet at the Heritage Centre before and after the run.
In Autumns, we are planning to reprise our Autumn Evenings; a series of late openings and talks, with a line-up of speakers including some of our popular regulars as well as new speakers.
Following this, we hope to build on the success of the 2017 Christmas Micro-Markets during weekends in December when we will offer festive fayre, free-entry and a small selection of stalls featuring handicrafts, home and beauty products, books and much more.
As well as this events line-up, each school holiday we will try and offer something else, from our incredibly popular Dockyard Heritage Walks, to regular arts and craft activities and much more, to keep visiting families busy, whether they live locally or are visiting from further afield!