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If every website visitor donated £1.00, we could raise almost double the amount raised by all our fundraising in 2018, and we would safeguard our Heritage for another year.

Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust operates Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, and is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1120476. We do not receieve any regular external funding and rely on donations to continue to operate.

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Collections

The Heritage Centre’s collections have mainly come to us through donations by members of the public, and include a wide range of items. This includes uniforms, medals and military memorabilia, as well as documents, ephemera and photographs. The collection also includes aircraft parts such as those recovered from the wreckage of Sunderland T9044, which sunk in the Milford Haven waterway in 1940. Other aspects of the collection include everything from paintings and decorative arts to machinery and tools.

Responsibility for the cataloging and care of the collections falls to the Heritage Centre Manager, but much of the day to day work is carried out by volunteers.

Donating to us

We are incredibly grateful to those who wish to donate items to be held in our collections.

Please note that we don’t usually accept items on long-term loan, and we can’t accept items with specific conditions attached. We also cannot guarantee that every item donated to us will feature in our permanent displays. There may be other reasons why we cannot accept an item, but in those circumstances we will do our best to suggest other possible recipients for your donation.

If you would like to donate, please give as much information about the object as you can including a detailed description relating to the object and any of the people who owned or used it, and a photograph.

To arrange an appointment concerning donating an object, please contact us by email: enquiries@sunderlandtrust.com.

Because of the voluntary nature of our collections team, we may not be able to reply immediately. We will respond as soon as possible.

Items previously donated to us

If you or members of your family have previously donated items to the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust (at any of its former locations, including the Fleet Surgeon’s House or the Flying Boat Centre) or Pembroke Dock Museum Trust, which operated the Gun Tower Museum, and would like to have any further information about those items, please contact us.

Because most of the work with the collections is carried out by volunteers, and in order to avoid disappointment, we are grateful for individuals who have enquiries about the collections to make an appointment before visiting the Heritage Centre.

If you do chose to get in touch, please give as much information about the donated object(s) as you can including a detailed description, a date that it was donated and the name of the person who deposited it. There should have been some paperwork that was given by way of a receipt when the items were deposited, if you have that, please also scan or send a copy.

To arrange an appointment concerning items previously donated to us, please contact us by email: enquiries@sunderlandtrust.com.

Because of the voluntary nature of our collections team, we may not be able to reply immediately. We will respond as soon as possible.

Disposals

From time to time, it is necessary for us to remove items from our collection, and dispose of them appropriately. This is done in line with best practice within the museum sector, according to the Collections Trust guidelines (click here) and the Museums Association Code of Ethics (click here) among other considerations. The decision to dispose of an object is never taken lightly, and is only done with the best interests of the object(s) in questions and the collection as a whole.

We would never dispose of any item that had been given to the Heritage Centre on loan. If we chose to dispose of an item that has been gifted to us, we would always do our best to contact the donor or the family of the donor first, to ensure that they do not wish to have the object(s) returned prior to seeking other means of disposal.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us by email: enquiries@sunderlandtrust.com.

Historic or collections-based enquiries

Many people are interested in using our collections, including the books, documents and photographs for research. Whether you are interested in researching family or local history, or if you have any other sort of research project, please click here.

We cannot give advice on items for sale or provide valuations. We also cannot authenticate objects.

Because of the voluntary nature of our collections team, we may not be able to reply immediately. We will respond as soon as possible.