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Latest news from Pembrokeshire Archives.

Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies Service Re-opening


Following a protracted period of closure due to the pandemic, the County Council’s Archives and Local Studies service operating from the Pembrokeshire Archives building in Prendergast, Haverfordwest will re-open from 10:00am on Thursday 26th August 2021.


Initially the service will be open between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Thursday and Friday only each week.  Public access will be by prior appointment only and all bookings must be made by ringing 01437 775975 between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.  Please do not use this number for any other enquiries.  All other enquiries related to the archives and local studies service should continue to be made on 01437 775456.  All enquiries concerning the COVID vaccination programme should be made on 01437 775978 Seating spaces for all computer terminals and research desk space will need to be booked in advance.


The slots can be booked as follows:


1)    10:00am-11:45am

2)    12:00pm-1:45pm

3)    2:00pm-4:00pm


This allows for cleaning of the study spaces between appointments to minimise the risk of virus transmission.


Spaces within the research room have been reduced to limit the amount of people in the research room at any one time.


Appointments will also need to be made for the deposit or donation of records: it will no longer be possible just to turn up with a collection to lodge with the service for safe-keeping.  Please use the 01437 775456 number to arrange an appointment for this purpose.


Currently, it is still a requirement to wear face masks within the building and all visitors to the archive and local studies service will be expected to wear a mask or other acceptable face covering unless medically exempt from doing so.


We strongly advise that you make requests for original material, i.e. material that needs to be retrieved from the repository, in advance of your visit.  This allows you to make the greatest use of the research time available to you as the material will be out ready for you when you visit.  We will need an accurate reference number to do this.  Please request original material by e-mailing giving as long a lead-in time as possible and preferably 48 hours before your visit.


In order to support the work of Wales’ Test Trace Protect (TTP) service we will be capturing the necessary information to assist with tracing contacts of index cases.  This requires as a minimum a full name and at least one accurate, current contact telephone number.  This information will be handed over to the TTP team if required.  There is also a QR code on the Research Room door for those who have the app.


If you have any queries concerning the above, then please feel free to send the office an e-mail on and one of the team will come back to you as soon as possible.


Claire Orr (Archives Manager)


18th August 2021



The December journal is being compiled, if you have any articles, help needed or photos to share please get them to the editor by 15th October.


We have received the following email.

Do you have any Wrens in your family?

I’m not referring to the tiny, feathered variety in the garden but the indomitable ladies who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Specifically, ladies who joined up between 1946 and 1981 and did their basic training at Training Depot Burghfield/HMTE Burghfield/HMTE Dauntless/HMS Dauntless/Reading.

Dauntless Divisional Photos is a nationwide project, in collaboration with the Association of Wrens, to gather divisional photographs and memories from those training days but also to reunite ladies with old friends, share anecdotes and relive exciting moments.

So if you, your mum, granny, aunt, godmother or even next door neighbour donned a blue suit and headed for a life near the ocean wave, please get in touch on either or 07765 435295/0771 990 9844.

Mandy Powell & Janette Crisp
Project Coordinators



If you are interested in Local History, the the British Association for Local History has some useful information on their website.




The Really Useful Bulletins from the Federation of FHS are really useful. See the file below.


The memorandum book of John Pavin Phillips 1861 was bought by the Dyfed Family History Society and has been transcribed by two members Sandra and Vaughan. The journal will be deposited at the Archives for safe keeping when they reopen and are able to accept it.

A very personal account of life in Haverfordwest over twelve months is given by the diary kept by John Pavin Phillips. Apart from a few years in the 1830s when he left to study for a medical degree in Edinburgh, John was a lifelong resident of Haverfordwest. Having inherited sufficient money from his uncle to live on, he was a non- working member of the minor gentry within the town and the entries throughout this diary reflect his life of leisure and charitable works. John lived in rented rooms in the High Street and was a regular worshipper at St Mary’s.

The diary is a fascinating snapshot of Haverfordwest in 1861, here are two examples. 

January Thursday 17th. The election of a member for the county of Pembroke took place today, George Lort Phillips being the Conservative candidate, and Colonel Hugh Owen the Liberal one. George Lort Phillips was returned by a majority of 215. It all passed off very quietly.  January Thursday 24th. Another wet day. There was no service this evening at St Mary’s owing to the new gas chandeliers being about to be fixed. The wet weather being so persistent hinders the masons greatly in laying the new pavement in St Mary’s church yard.

The full year is available for members to read on our website, log in and look under resources.




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