We are all very familiar with Pembroke Castle, a place where many of us have taken visitors. Our Speaker for the month of March was Jon Williams General Manager of the Castle. One thinks of historic buildings as having a curator rather than a General Manager but it became apparent that the Castle doesn’t function from simply being a well know Castle. Jon, a local lad from Saundersfoot, explained he was a frequent visitor, with his parents, never dreaming for one moment that, in 2007, his career would take him to a managerial post. It is a position which he clearly loves but uppermost in his mind is always ways to generate income to enable improvements and repairs to be carried out.
To begin his talk we were show a short film documenting the history of the Castle narrated by none other than Eddie Butler who has a deep interest in Welsh History.
Each year there are between 110,/120,000 visitors and Jon has some very inventive ideas for entertaining both adults and children. The Castle is now providing a venue for outdoor concerts, weddings and of course, The Antiques Road Show.
Penny Thomas 7th March 2019