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OUR LATEST PROJECT -

PEMBROKE COMMEMORATES THE CENTENARY OF WW1:

in words, pictures, art and film.

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REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND

On  Saturday morning, November 10th, as part of Pembroke’s week of Commemoration, Pembroke&Monkton Local History Society held an event in Pembroke Town Hall. It was extremely well supported by the community with over 100 attending.

Proceedings began with an introduction by Linda Asman, Chairman, who gave an overview of the Society’s Heritage Lottery funded project: ‘Pembroke Commemorates the Centery of end of WW1 – in Words, Pictures, Art and Film’.  This is a wide ranging project which began with a desire to research the identities of the Fallen whose names are inscribed on Pembroke Cenotaph and War Memorials. This will result in a Book of Remembrance, copies to be placed in each of our Parish Churches. Another line of research was the effect of WW1 on Pembroke and district to result in another book ‘Pembroke Commemorates’ which will be published next year. An exhibition can be seen in St Mary’s Church.

Pauline Le Britton then described the school’s project. In order to make the project more accessible to children, she had engaged them in an art work to celebrate the lives of some of the soldiers named on Pembroke Cenotaph. The whole process has been filmed by Sharron Harris and an extract was shown.

WW1 was effectively brought to our own doorstep with U-boat action off our shores and David James next spoke about his mission to highlight this, describing his campaign to restore the memorial in Angle Churchyard dedicated to the victims of a Japanese merchant ship Hirano Maru.

 

There followed the highlight of the morning: Sharron Harris presenting the first screening  of films she had made with local people talking about their family WW1 memories.  Participating in this were Maggie Haggar, Jackie Crossman, Marcia James, Meg Hardy, George Palmer and Dilys Hanmer. (top photo left)

In concluding, Linda Asman stated her opinion that, when commemorating the Fallen, it is important to remember those who, at the present time, have returned from conflict needing help. To this end, the Society has supported the ‘There but not There Tommy’ campaign, raising money to erect a 6 foot silhouette outside St Mary’s Church.  Inside the Church are 5 transparent Tommys sitting in the pews which accompany a beautiful exhibition of candles entitled ‘Field of the Fallen’: each candle painted with a poppy and each bearing the name of one of Pembroke’s  WW1 Fallen Heroes. The Society worked with the VC Gallery, Pembroke Dock, to create this art installation  and, in support of this excellent charity, a raffle was held which raised £115.

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There is still research to be done but the Society is pleased to have shone a light on a period of our local history which was not at all well documented. If you have any photographs and stories relating to this project, please contact the Society on pembrokehistory@live.co.uk or Linda on 0758 4429224

 

OUR DIGITAL TOWN TRAIL - A BIG SUCCESS

The HLF grant just received is our 3rd successful application to the Heritage Lottery.  Thanks to a 'Sharing Your Heritage' grant from the HLF,last year we were able to create a Digital Town Trail. 

2015 saw the launch of the new Pembroke Town Trail, a project of Pembroke Town Council Regeneration Committee and match funded by Pembrokeshire County Council's Town Centre Support Programme. Originated by Pembroke Civic Trust, the Trail starts at Pembroke Town Hall which houses the Museum and the Pembroke Murals and is marked out in 30 bronze plaques set into the pavements along the route.  The attractive Town Trail booklet was produced by Society Chairman Linda Asman, on behalf of the Civic Trust, with illustrations and fold out map by local artist and Society President George Lewis. It can be obtained from Pembroke Town Hall, Castle, TIC and costs just £1.50. All proceeds in support of Pembroke Museum

Now with funding from the Heritage Lottery, last year we launched the Digital Town Trail.  Working with Modern Print, Pembroke Dock, a new website has been made which enables you to explore Pembroke digitally - it can be accessed via plaques bearing QR codes sited around the town. As an added plus, the Trail is bi-lingual in Welsh and English.  To find our more, go to https://www.pembroketowntrail.wales

Pembroke Museum volunteers try out the new digital trail Cover of Pembroke Town Trail Linda Asman and George Lewis who between them produced the booklet

 

 

DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Our first HLF grant enabled us to fund the publication of our digital storytelling project.  A community project in the true sense of the word, this impressive work involved collecting and recording stories from 45 Pembroke people, stories which, put together, form a social history of our times, a picture of life in Pembroke from many perspectives.  Digital stories are short films of around 3-4 minutes in length and, combining voice with photographs, are an effective way of conveying memories and social change - now available for all to share as a DVD.  The stories have also been printed in book format: the DVD is free with the purchase of the book - see publications page

Pembrokes Digital Story Project

                                                         

WE ARE NOW A PUBLISHING COMPANY!

Through My Eyes sold well! So we invested the money in the publication of another local publication From Mummer's Booth to Silver Screen: the Life and Times of the Haggar Family by Vicki Haggar.

It was always the intention to use profits recouped from our digital storybook - now we have achieved it.  One grant from the HLF has gone a long way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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