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About the project

Echoes / About the project

A community-led approach underpins all of PLANED’s work (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development). Forming a history group is a popular first project, engaging volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, deepening understanding and reinforcing a sense of local pride. The natural next step is to share their local heritage with visitors.

Publishing a leaflet and staging an exhibition is just the beginning: now ‘veteran’ groups offer skills and experience to newer enthusiasts.

Support and training from specialists like Dyfed Archaeological Trust, ensures a sustainable approach, employing approved conservation methods while making heritage available to wider audiences. Technology has added another dimension to sharing Pembrokeshire’s maritime, military, industrial and agrarian heritage. Now audio tours and online archives complement traditional leaflets and exhibitions – but nothing beats a friendly face.

PLANED supports communities from the first spark of interest through to the development of heritage enterprise projects like the Carew Cheriton Control Tower, inviting visitors to share enjoyment while supporting local accommodation, hospitality and transport businesses.

The coastal communities featured in this folder are developing an ecomuseum approach, helping visitors to explore ‘heritage’ in its widest sense, revealing layers of landscape, legend and language and most importantly, extending a truly local welcome.

PLANED and its ‘Echoes of the Past’ partners, supported by Visit Wales, are encouraging visitors to plan ahead by consulting history group websites, maybe contacting a local ambassador to seek out dramatic views; history for kids; quiet places or the latest festival news. Path network information is also available and local buses like the Poppit Rocket or Coastal Cruiser navigate the miles and help to protect the environment.

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