Celebrating Pembrokeshire’s Heritage

PLANED has held another successful Heritage Day as part of the Community Heritage Network. Taking place at the National Trust’s Stackpole Outdoor Centre, the event tied into the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and attracted over 30 attendees.

The Key Note speaker was David Bruce who has a distinguished background in tourism and heritage, including his role as Principal Lecturer at University of the West of England, Bristol. David spoke on his specialist subject of Europe’s walled towns.

In her presentation Linda Asman of Pembroke and Monkton History Society, spoke about the importance of using heritage to develop tourism opportunities with Pembroke being the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty. In 2017, the Pembroke community have been successful in raising large sums for the statue of Henry VII, with the Pembroke Town Council securing funds from the Arwain Sir Benfro earlier this year, for a Henry VII national visitor centre feasibility study.

James January McCann from the RCAHMW talked about the Welsh place names initiative and PLANED’s Kate Lindley provided an insight into the many heritage and cultural projects PLANED has helped fund and support. Kate also talked about the importance of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and led on discussions workshops in the afternoon to explore what support communities need engage with their heritage more meaningfully and achieve their objectives.

Nic Wheeler, OBE, and chair of the event said: “We were delighted to see people from across Pembrokeshire participating in a varied and informative day, whilst hearing first-hand about the challenges and opportunities facing their own heritage activities”.

Participants were also able to enjoy some wonderful displays of work and there was also the opportunity to hear about current local heritage projects, funded through the Arwain Sir Benfro LEADER fund.

The LEADER programme is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020. It is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Arwain Sir Benfro is the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire and is administered by PLANED.

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