Holidays in West Wales
Sunderland Trust - Pembroke Dock Maritime and Military Heritage Centre
Photo courtesy of Sunderland Trust
The trust setup for the preservation of maritime and military activity in and around Pembrokeshire is the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, and is run by Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust. The trust is a registered charity in England and Wales.
Formed over 10 years ago in 2006, the primary aim of the trust was to recover and preserve the remains of the Sunderland flying boat T9044, giving the trust it's name. Since then, the objectives and aims of the trust have widened to cover the wider heritage of Pembroke Dock and the surrounding areas, covering all aspects of military, maritime, industrial and social history locally. The Trust relies on income from Heritage Centre museum admissions, as well as sales in the Gift Shop and Coffee Shop, and charitable donations from members of the public and corporate sponsorship. However, at present, the Trust doesn’t receive any core funding, except from small contributions from Pembroke Dock Town Council.
So with little funding, the Trust itself has set about some ambitious and incredibly positive tasks, whereby they are dedicated to the regeneration and preservation of the local area and it's history. At the heritage centre, which is based in the Royal Dockyard Chapel, they have on display historic artefacts including original art, military memorabilia and ephemera, uniform, medals, photographs, industrial items, models, social history items as well as much more. They also provide family days out and they are working towards an Accredited Museum status.
A fantastic place to visit and discover the history of Pembrokeshire's military and maritime past.