Timeline on town history is charted with Lottery funding

16 Oct

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The remarkable 200 year timeline of Pembroke Dock and its unique position as one of the foremost British military communities will be told in a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust has successfully applied for a grant for the setting up and fitting out of the ‘Fleets to the Flying Boats ‘Centre in the fleet surgeon’s house, an impressive Georgian building dating from the earliest days of the dock yard

The new centre will feature important milestones and storylines in two centuries of history-aimed at all age groups and also reflecting the needs of children, wheelchair users and those with visual and hearing impairments.

Other learning opportunities will be included in a wide ranging  project dioramas and interpretations panels and interactive activities along with open days and guided walks and story telling events.


Heritage initiatives led by the Sunderland Trust have already established the very popular Flying Boats Centre Work shop and its exciting plans for the ‘Fleets to Flying Boats ‘Centre can now go ahead, thanks to HLF.

William McNamara  chairman of the Sunderland Trust said: “This is a tremendous boost for us and we are very pleased and acknowledge the Heritage Lottery funds support of our project which has really caught the imagination and which has real potential to develop into a major visitor attraction in Wales.”

Jennifer Stewart if HLF Wales added: Communities are the heart of the projects we support. “This project will give local people the chance to develop new while exploring and sharing and varied history of Pembroke Dock. People young and old ,will play a part in recording the heritage which is important to them, for present and future generations to enjoy.”

First open day

An early project milestone will be the first open day on Tuesday June 25th,at Fleets to Flying Boats Centre from 10am to 2pm.

This will offer opportunities for people to join Sunderland Trust’s Volunteer Team and to become involved in exciting heritage developments,including roles in history groups which will actively contribute to the recording of the community’s story ,And the development of educational materials including a children’s charity activity book.

There will also be talk on Pembroke Dock’s 200 years of history.

A special welcome -and refreshments in the trust’s Glass House Coffee Shop -awaits all who attend the open day. Entry is free.

For more information please contact the Sunderland trust office 01646 6824220 of email enquiries@sunderland.org.uk