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.