www.pembrokeandmonktonhistory.org.uk

 

header
HOME ABOUT PEMBROKE MONKTON PROJECTS HISTORY MUSEUM LANDSCAPE GALLERIES PUBLICATIONS CONTACTS

Pembroke history story

OUR PROJECTS

 

RAISING AWARENESS OF PEMBROKE'S HERITAGE

Statue of Henry VII Pembroke Museum Logo by George Lewis
Pembroke in WW1 Digital Storytelling

Statue Trail

Digital

Town Trail

Researching

our past

Pembroke Museum Publications

OUR LATEST PROJECT - A HISTORY OF MONKTON

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the publication of a new book ‘Monkton – a Hidden History’.

We have long felt that the history of Monkton has been neglected, being in the shadow of Pembroke, which is obviously one of the most historic towns in Wales but Monkton has a rich history in its own right dating back to prehistoric times and encompassing the rise and fall of Pembroke Priory, the Civil War when Cromwell located his cannons here, the building of the Victorian terraces of Priory Mains to house Dockyard workers and the restoration of the Priory Church.

See our Monkton page

 

INSPIRATIONAL DRAGONS!

ASPIRING TO BUILD A DRAGON FOUNTAIN IN PEMBROKE MILLPOND

The idea originated from the need to improve the environment of Pembroke Millpond, a cause for public concern.  Reeds growing out of control and green algal bloom covering the waters of Pembroke Millpond are problems which Pembroke Town Council is seeking to resolve.  Last year a new Millpond Group was formed to find solutions to these problems.

Working alongside these organisations, we believe that a fountain would help aerate the waters of the Millpond to improve the water quality with a beneficial effect on the local landscape and pond life.

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society has obtained funding from LEADER to explore this idea:

  1. Explore the design and technology involved in the fountain’s working and construction
  2. Involve the local schools in a STEAM project
  3. Build a working maquette - (small scale working model)

WHY A DRAGON?

 

It will be a fitting sculpture for a town branding itself as the birthplace of the Tudor Dynasty. 

The supporters of the Tudor Coat of Arms are the Welsh Dragon and the White Greyhound. 

The Henry Tudor statue on the Mill Bridge features the greyhound – we need the Welsh Dragon to complete the picture.

Artist Joanna Burton with pupils of Golden Grove School Learning about pumps with teacher Paris Rouse

YOUR VIEWS MATTER TO US

The maquette of the dragon has been made by local sculptor Gideon Petersen.

We would like to organise a public consultation to invite community views but, because of COVID-19 restrictions, this is not possible at the present time.  However, we are exhibiting our Dragon in the shop window next to Brown's Cafe in Pembroke Main Street, by kind permission of Mrs Glynis Brown, so that he can be on public view - a practical demonstration of its workings will have to wait until our future meeting.

If you would like to offer any comment, please contact Pembroke Town Hall or email us on pembrokehistory@live.co.uk

The dragon maquette

 

WILLIAM MARSHAL STATUE PROGRESSES!

Donate with PayPal button

Click here to donate via our publications page

 

The William Marshal statue progresses but the original completion date for installation has now been put back to the Spring.  It is however in its final stages of construction.

In June the sculpture was approved by Trustees of Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society and the project moved on to the next stage: creating the mould. The mould was made at Autodromo and involved applying silicone spray rubber to cover whole piece, then applying Polyester resin in sections.  The polyester resin jacket was then removed and the completed mould sections taken away to Castle Fine Arts Foundry, near Oswestry where the statue will be eventually be cast in bronze.

In September I visited Castle Fine Arts with our sculptor, Harriet Addyman, to see how the statue was progressing. Waxes have now been made from the rubber moulds transported from Autodromo and are looking really good. Importantly, Harriet is very pleased and impressed with the work of this foundry. We were given a tour of the place and it was really interesting to see the processes involved.

Meanwhile, back in Pembroke the site has been surveyed and the plinth is being designed and will be erected by Pembrokeshire County Council.

silicon spray rubber is applied to cover the whole model
Polyester resin is applied in sections and the resin jacked removed to reveal the completed mould sections

William Marshal was a great figure in our history:  in a remarkable career, he rose from penniless younger son of a minor

noble to Regent of England; after winning fame as tournament champion, warrior and statesman who was unswervingly loyal to 4 kings. Despite having been celebrated in his own lifetime, William was lost in history for many centuries and it has been comparatively recently that his place in history has been acknowldeged.  Yet William Marshal was central to the negotiations that led to Magna Carta in 1215 and, on King John's death in 1216, he became Regent of England and guardian of the boy king Henry 111 - at the age 70!  Straight away he defeated a French invasion at the Battle of Lincoln and, after having restored peace, he re-issued Magna Carta under his own seal, thus ensuring its survival.  On his death in 1219, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton declared him to be 'the Greatest Knight to be found in all the world'.

 

PEMBROKE COMMEMORATES THE CENTENARY OF WW1:

in words, pictures, art and film.

A WORLD WAR ONE PROJECT FUNDED BY HERITAGE LOTTERY

The Centenary of WW1, 1914-18, served to focus all our minds on that traumatic period in our history and urged us to find out more about the men and women who lived through it.  As a result, members of Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society launched a multi media project with the title ‘Pembroke commemorates the WW1 Centenary: in words, pictures, art and film’ which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and which commenced in February 2018 with a public event in Pembroke Town Hall. 

The Project aimed to raise awareness of the impact of the Great War on Pembroke and district, reaching out to the community by holding events, exhibitions, workshops, articles in the local press and talks to community groups.We wanted to engage both young and all and were able to fund professional artist Pauline Le Brittain to take the project into schools and community film maker Sharron Harries to capture memories on film. We were keen to develop the project into art. As well as the schools art project, a community workshop was held with the VC Gallery to develop an art installation in St Mary’s Church alongside our WW1 exhibition.

We have now completed our project with the publication of ‘Pembroke Remembers:  a Memorial Publication recalling the part played by Pembroke and District in The Great War and recording some of the local events marking the Centenary of the War'.

We have organised a Commemoration event in Pembroke Town Hall on Saturday, November 9th during to launch the book.  Dr Simon Hancock will give an illustrated talk on 'The Great Peace' and there will be an exhibition of work by the VC Gallery.

See our WW1 PROJECTS PAGE

 

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

                                                         

 

 

 

P

 

PROJECTS

 

 

Digital

Story Telling

 

Statue of Henry VII

 

 

Pembroke Museum Logo by George Lewis

Pembroke

Museum

Main Stret

 

 

home