Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

Charity information

Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust

The Sunderland Trust is a heritage organisation formed to recover a sunken Sunderland Flying Boat but now provides a unique visitor centre, a leading Archive and a proactive outreach facility.

Founded 2006

  • Mission statement

    The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust runs the Flying Boat Interpretation Centre and cares for a growing collection of nationally important civilian and military records and objects relating to the 200 year story of Pembroke Dock.
    Pembroke Dock has three unique historical claims and themes:
    Wales' only Royal Dockyard - where over 260 ships were built for the Royal Navy, between 1814 and 1926, from ‘wooden walls’ to sleek cruisers and mighty battleships. All five Royal Yachts before Britannia were built here. The legacy of the dockyard remains in its buildings and the social impact upon the town.

    Wales’ only Garrison Town - from the early 19th century to the 1960s, home station for famous regiments in the British Army. From Pembroke Dock soldiers left to fight in the Crimea, the South African Wars, the Great War and World War II including 'D-Day'.
    Wales’ only operational Flying Boat Station - 1930 - 1959, where new types of flying boat were pioneered including the Short Sunderland which served locally for 19 years. In wartime, ‘PD’ and the Haven played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic and became the largest flying boat station in the world with men and women from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, The Netherlands and other countries.

    The Vision is to bring all three themes together in one location; creating a centre of international importance and an all-year-round attraction; bringing history to life using modern technology and innovative displays; with a strong community and educational focus, linked to the National Curriculum, making the Centre a must for school parties to visit as well as residents and visitors from the UK and beyond.

    Sunderland flying boat T9044, which sank in the Milford Haven Waterway in 1940, is a major element of the project. Recovery of this iconic aircraft, the sole wartime survivor, is part of a unique and developing story.

    The Trust requires financial support for the management and development of the organisation as part of its overall objective of creating a Heritage Centre that honours the civilian and military contribution of the people of Pembrokeshire to the Defence of the United Kingdom in the last 200 years.

  • Aims

    Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust aims to:

    • To provide a very special visitor attraction for Pembroke Dock.
    • To spread the amazing Sunderland Story and preserve living history.
    • To set up a leading Archive Centre featuring Aviation and local history.
    • The preservation of a sunken Mk1 Sunderland Flying Boat, the only one that survives.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2006

    Registered Charity Number: 1120476

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 70

    Phone number: 01646 684220

    Address: Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust Fleet Surgeons House 1 The Terrace The Royal Dockyard SA72 6YH

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