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 2017

*open       **members only

* Sat 21st – Sun  22nd Jan  Exhibition, Marloes Village Hall 11.00am-5.00pm

* Mon 23rd Jan Official Launch Marloes Village Leaflet, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30pm

*Mon 20th Feb “Supper’s on the table” talk by Anne Eastham on prehistoric diet, St Brides Castle, 7.30pm

*Mon 3rd April AGM followed by a talk by John Evans on “The Battle of the Atlantic”, Coronation Hall, Dale, 7.30pm

*Tues 18th April “The sinking of The Albion” a talk by Chris Jessop, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30pm

**Mon 22nd May Visit to Llangwn Museum and Tapestry, Llangum 2.00pm

**Wed 14th June Visit to West Hook Farm, Marloes,  5.00pm-6.30pm

**Wed 12th July Visit to Maritime Heritage Centre, Pembroke Dock, 2.00pm-4.00pm

*Wed 27th Sept “The Irish Mail Packet” a talk on the mail service from Milford to Waterford by David Antell, Coronation Hall, Dale, 7.30pm

*Mon 16th Oct Wooden Shipbuilding, a talk by David James, St Ishmael Sports Club, 7.30pm

*Wed 15th Nov “Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands in the Coastlands area” a talk by Toby Driver and Louise Barker, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30pm

* 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 18th May 2017


EXHIBITIONS for 2017             


18 May 2017- 25 June 2017                 The History of the Area in 100 Objects


13th July 2017 – 1st October 2017          History and Mystery

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.