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 and Friday 2nd December, 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:
The first of our new programme of evening openings this Autumn will see historian Gareth Mills talking about the American presence in Pembrokeshire in the build up to the Liberation of Europe toward the end of the Second World War.
The talk “The Friendly Invasion” is based on the book of the same name by Gareth Mills. It records the social aspects of the meeting of two distinct cultures; how these cultures empathised and sometimes conflicted. It is full of real peoples stories, some happy, some sad, but all relevant to understanding that momentous period in history.
The second of our programme of evening openings this Autumn will see historian Ted Goddard talking about the links between Pembrokeshire and Admiral Lord Nelson.
The talk will tell the story of the tour of Pembrokeshire in the summer of 1802 by Admiral Lord Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, who was accompanied by Sir William and Lady Emma Hamilton. The talk also spotlights links with Nelson’s Navy at Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven.
The third of our programme of evening openings this Autumn will see Sunderland Trust volunteer Derek Church talking about the Llanreath Oil Tank Fires of 1940.
The blaze was one of the most intense in this country’s history at that time, and the eighteen day battle to get it under control involved more than 22 brigades and 650 fire-fighters, with five firemen from Cardiff sadly losing their lives.
The Battle of the Atlantic lasted for all six years of World War II, and was arguably the critical campaign of the conflict. If we had lost the battle, the war would have been lost.
RAF Pembroke Dock’s flying boats were at the sharp end of the battle, in all its complexities, for six years, and made a major contribution to victory. The Sunderland Trust’s John Evans reflects on the key parts ‘PD’ played in the battle using remarkable images and stories from the Pembroke Dock archive.
Each evening will follow a similar format, with approximate timings:
6.00pm Doors Open
6.20pm Talk Starts
7.00pm (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.