Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pembroke Show - August 1st

Pembroke Show more often than not has rain - lots of it last year!  But today the sun shone and it was wonderful as crowds were able to enjoy the programme of outdoor events in glorious sunshine!  We had a stall in the Arts & Crafts Marquee and were busy promoting our WW1 project.  We are also raising funds to purchase the 6ft version of the There But Not There Tommy and asking people to sponsor a candle, each to represent one of the Fallen - these will be painted with poppies at a future community event and displayed as an art installation in St Mary's Church.  This will bring home to people how many men were lost to this community during that terrible conflict.  
Anyone wishing to donate online can do so on our website
Our There But Not There campaign.

St Mary's Church Flower Festival July 29th - August 4

As part of our WW1 project we have a display of photographs in St Mary's Church which, this week, has a commemorative Flower Festival.  Thank you to Ann and Vicki for organising our contribution.  We chose a theme of 'No Man's Land' - a tree stump growing out of a muddy landscape in which poppies bloom.  Artefacts are from Pembroke Museum.  Through this and other community events we are making contact with people who have stories and artefacts relating to their relatives in WW1 and we are hoping to further our research in this way.

July 21st Pembroke River Rally

The sun shone again on the annual Pembroke River Rally - which has become a much looked forward to event on Pembroke's South Quay with great attendance and many charity stalls along with children's entertainment.  The real reason behind the River Rally is important - to maintain the right of passage up the Pembroke River : Castle Pond has been blocked by a barrage which means that boats are no longer free to come and go as in past times when Pembroke was a port.  West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, a Society with which we have close links, leads the way - David James piloting the flotilla which winds its way up the river to dock at the South Quay.  Pembroke Town Council organise the entertainment and stalls - all in all a great day in Pembroke.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

St Mary's Church Exhibition

 Began putting together our WW1 display in St Mary's Church. We will be adding to it over the next few weeks ready for St Mary's Remembrance Flower Festival which will take place from July 30th to August 4th.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Museum volunteers visit Haverfordwest Museum

 On a beautiful, hot summer's evening Pembroke Museum volunteers visited Haverfordwest Museum.  We were greeted by Simon Hancock, Hon. Curator, who gave us a short talk about the Museum which was opened in its present building in 1996.  It is situated in the old prison Governor's house in the grounds of the Castle.  

Of particular interest was the room devoted to WW1, as we in the History Society are presently engaged in a project which involves researching the Great War in Pembroke and the setting up an exhibition in St Mary's Church Pembroke.

Our WW1 Project progresses

We are now well immersed in our WW1 project.  Society members are investigating the identities of the soldiers’ names on the Cenotaph and war memorials and we are now beginning to assemble a display in St Mary’s Church.  Our artists Pauline and Sharon have been working with pupils in Year 7, Monkton Priory Community Primary School and Year 8, Pembroke Comprehensive School to create art and a film inspired by trips to the ‘Back to the Front’ Experience at Morfa Bay, Pendine. This is a marvellous resource on our doorstep to really engage children into the realities of trench warfare. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volunteers visit the Museum of Scrimpinology

On Monday our Volunteers visited Pat and Jeff James' Museum of Scrimpinology in Llangwm. The Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia, a real trip down memory lane - an amazing collection of household items, tools, games, everyday objects from the past as well as an old signal box and railway items, a mining section from Hook, school classroom and cinema equipment and even a vintage car. Incredible that so much is fitted into such a small space! Jeff opens his museum for just one week per year so we were fortunate in that we were able to book a visit. Thanks Jeff and Pat for a lovely evening!