History and Heritage

Coastlands Local History Group has been in existence since 2006. It developed  out of a WI initiative marking the millennium, for which Dale WI produced a book “Dale – an Illustrated History”. The wealth of material being donated and the great interest shown in the area, led a number of the ladies to become interested in the idea of a local history group. Thus was Coastlands Local History Group born!

The Group is growing all the time. We are always keen to involve those interested in the history of the area.

Membership is £5.00 a year, or £50.00 for a life membership.

Our meetings are held monthly, members pay £1.00, non-members £2.00 – (to cover the costs of speakers/hiring/heating venues).

Most of our meetings are open. However, some, due to constraints of space, are only available to members. All visits are members only…..so membership has its advantages!

Programme 2019


*open       **members only

*Mon 21st January – “Pirates in Pembrokeshire” a talk by Terry John, Coronation Hall, Dale 7.30 pm

*Wednesday 27th February “The Grassholm Saga” a talk by David Saunders, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30 pm

Monday 25th March – AGM followed by a talk on HMS Harrier, Coronation Hall, Dale, 7.30 pm

*Wednesday 24th April – “Shipwrecks around Pembrokeshire” a talk by James Hedley-Phillips, Coronation Hall, Dale, 7.30 pm

Monday 13th May – “The History of Pembrokeshire Cricket” by Keith Johnson, St Ishmaels Sports Club, 7.30 pm

*Monday 24th June – “Romano Celtic Influences” a talk by Fr. Gildas. POSTPONED

**Wedesday 10th July –Trip to Pembroke Castle with guided tour, 11.00 am @ £5.00 pp.

*Wednesday 25th September – “The Second World War – challenging perceptions” a talk by David Llewellyn, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30 pm

Monday 21st October – “William Marshal – Earl of Pembroke” – a talk by Gareth Mills, Coronation Hall, Dale, 7.30 pm

*Wednesday 13th November  – “Coastal Archaeology”an update from Dr. Patrick Robson, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30 pm

* open to all      **members only.

The Old Stables Heritage Centre, South Street, Dale

The Old Stables Heritage Centre, South Street, Dale is open all year round except on Christmas day.

During the quieter months it is open every Thursday morning 10.00am – 12.00. If anyone is visiting the village during the winter at other times and would wish to visit The Old Stables Heritage Centre, please make contact via our website (link below).

The Group puts on a variety of exhibitions during the tourist season, when the opening times are as follows:-

OPEN EVERY THURSDAY – SUNDAY 11.00 am – 5.00 pm from 17th May 2018


25th April – 7th July – “Harrier years – Radar at Kete”

Harrier Exhibition April – July 2019

18th July – 29th September – “Historic Houses and Gardens”             

Free Admission

The Group plans to use the building for interpretation and study purposes. As well as changing displays on Exhibition screens, the group’s archive will be readily available for those wishing to undertake their own private research. Photographs, videos, documents etc are all available, some in digital format, some in hard copy. A catalogue of documents held is available in The Heritage Centre. The building will be manned by volunteers who have local expertise and can inform visitors and organise activities such as talks, children’s quizzes etc. Visitors would also have access to the Group’s library of local source books.

Study sessions and workshops will be arranged for group members to carry out local research.

Coastlands Local History Group (CIO) has its own website.

To contact the group click here.