Cadw’s selection of Pembroke Dock as an area to work within was influenced by three key characteristics:
A place with an interesting story to tell.
A place with sufficient population in or near the area to provide a viable base of volunteers and project participants.
A place which doesn’t normally receive substantial attention from mainstream heritage bodies or agencies.
Pembroke Dock, with its rich military history and unique status as the only Royal Naval Dockyard in Wales, presented itself as a clear contender.
An area included within the Pembrokeshire Communities First Cluster, Pembroke Dock also features highly on the 2015 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation. The town itself is a bit of an anomaly, within the heart of Pembrokeshire’s glorious countryside but often overlooked.
The town’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to its military use. This legacy is uniquely strong, expressed through buildings like the Dockyard Chapel (recently restored to a heritage centre by the Sunderland Trust), Llanion Barracks (now the HQ of the National Park Authority) and the currently closed Gun Tower (previously used as a private museum).