Sense Of Place

“A Sense of Place is about all the senses; what you see, hear, smell, taste and touch”

What makes Pembrokeshire so distinctive, special and gives it its “Sense of Place”?

It’s a combination of the wonderful natural assets of the County, and what we have inherited as a result of the way of life of those who have lived here before us.  This distinctiveness or “sense of place” is the quality that attracts visitors here.   PLANED encourages communities to celebrate what is distinctive about Pembrokeshire.

Each community has its own special features, which adds up to its ‘Sense of Place’.  Heritage is often a source of local enthusiasm and pride. The research, interpretation and celebration of local history can lead to a number of activities, which help to celebrate a community’s sense of place. These include local history leaflets, interpretation panels, exhibitions and trails.  Visit to view the leaflets.

Well-organised community festivals and events can also celebrate and promote a unique sense of place, for example, a community’s environment, heritage, culture or local products. These can also be a resource for local tourism. PLANED’s Sense of Place initiative aims to support communities to develop projects and activities that celebrate local distinctiveness.

RICCHH Project

PLANED has helped more than 50 communities to research and celebrate their heritage with the RICCHH (Research, Interpretation and Celebration of Community History and Heritage) project.

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This project included training in how to research local history at the local Record Office and archive and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cambria Archaeology.

Communities produced heritage leaflets and information panels. The leaflets are available on the Experience Pembrokeshire website


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Military & Industrial Heritage Groups

Military History GuideIn working with communities popular common heritage themes were identified such as military and industrial history. PLANED supported more than 40 communities with the research and development of a Military History Guide to Pembrokeshire – “From Civil War to Cold War” and work is currently underway with a working group on the “Industrial Past of Pembrokeshire”.

View the Military History Guide to Pembrokeshire here or visit

PLANED has established an Industrial Past working group to research the history of the different industries of Pembrokeshire. So far research has been carried out into brickworks, mills, electric generation, coal, ironworks and mining. Study tours have taken place to Stepaside ironworks and Porthgain brickworks.

Pictures from Industrial Past visits and tours

PLANED organises talks and tours for heritage groups with experts to increase their knowledge and stimulate their research into all aspects of Pembrokeshire.  This research into the heritage of communities can help to improve the experience of visitors.


Sense of Place Tours

100_4154PLANED arranges “Sense of Place” tours for those in the tourism sector to increase their understanding of the heritage and natural environment of the County.   PLANED’s Sense of Place work began with funding under the Rural Community Action Programme of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Our “Sense of Place” tours are aimed at increasing the knowledge within the tourism sector of what makes Pembrokeshire distinctive and special.

Our Sense of Place tours have included visits to Llangloffan Fen, Porthgain Nevern Castle, Pengelli Forest and Castell Henllys.

These tours are valued highly by those who come along and comments include:

“Highly interesting and gives me the initiative to explore this area a lot more”
Mr J from Saundersfoot

“The whole day was a revelation to me! I have lived in Pembrokeshire for 70 years and my knowledge of the county was virtually NIL before the course”
Mrs J from Kilgetty

“Keep organising the tours because it helps me to appreciate what a wonderful county I live in”
Mrs R from Cilgerran