Jersey Archive was established as part of Jersey Heritage in 1993. The Archive is the Island’s national repository holding archival material from public institutions as well as private businesses and individuals.


Opening Times

Opening Times

9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Late night opening last Thursday in the month to 7pm

Special Saturday opening third Saturday in the month, 9am to 1pm

Saturday openings at Jersey Archive are proudly sponsored by Appleby


Admission Prices

Jersey Archive is free. Small fee charged for photocopying and staff research service.

Jersey Pass holders – 20% off research fees
Members – 20% off research fees


Location

Location

Clarence Road, St Helier, +44 (0) 1534 833300

Latitude: 49.1829902630301, Longitude: -2.097814679145813


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Since 1993 Jersey Archive has collected over 300,000 archival records from the States of Jersey, States Committees and Departments, the Royal Court, H.E. Lieutenant-Governor, Parishes, Churches, Businesses, Societies and individuals relating to the Island. These records are now stored in our environmentally monitored strongrooms at the Jersey Archive. 

Jersey Archive’s purpose is to preserve the unique written cultural heritage of the Island thus ensuring that future generations can access archival material to learn more about Jersey’s past.

Jersey Archive also holds the collections of the Channel Islands Family History Society.

Jersey Archive policies [link to policies] are available to view on this site.

 

Preservation

The long term preservation and security of the records in our care is our highest priority. Since the Public Records (Jersey) Law was passed in 2002 the Jersey Archive has been the official repository for all archival records produced by public institutions.

Jersey Archive does also accept records from businesses, clubs, societies and individuals. These can be donated or deposited on long term long loan whereby ownership remains with the depositor. Our Acquisitions Policy is available to view.

Once catalogued, documents are carefully packed in acid free materials and stored in the correct environmental conditions. We also we offer advice on conservation of records and preserving your own documents and memorabilia.

You can now play your part in preserving Jersey’s cultural heritage by joining our adopt an object scheme. The scheme allows us to conserve some of unique items in our collections which can then be used by current and future readers.

 

Access

As well as collecting and preserving records the Archive is committed to making archives available to all members of the local and worldwide community.

Records that are stored at Jersey Archive are catalogued by our professional staff and made available via the Jersey Heritage Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The OPAC allows you to search through the archives by entering a name, place or subject that is relevant to your research.

Individuals who are able to visit the Jersey Archive in person will find that there is always a member of staff available to assist with your enquiries. If you are unable to visit us in person we will gladly answer any written, e-mail or telephone enquiries about the records in our care.

Staff at the Jersey Archive can also assist with legal enquiries and property research for the construction professional. We also offer talks and tours and education services. 

Our Archive regulations are available for you to study before you visit.

 

Research

Jersey Archive, as the official repository for the Island documentary heritage, can offer guidance, information and documents that relate to all aspects of the Island’s History. Our information leaflets give details of the documents and collections that researchers and family historians might find particularly useful:

Those with French ancestors might find the following websites useful:

Jersey Archive carries out enquiries received by post, telephone or e-mail. Staff at the Archive will carry out brief enquiries and initial research for no charge. Work on more detailed enquiries will be charged at £20 per hour with a maximum of 5 hours research at any one time.

We undertake to answer all initial enquiries within two weeks, however follow up research or photocopying enquiries may take longer to complete. If you have a enquiry please e-mail us at archives@jerseyheritage.org.

To order photocopies of any documents that you might find on the catalogue please print off our Copyright Declaration Form.  Please ensure that the form includes your signature, full details of the documents you require copies of and your postal address.

Ordering photocopies will incur a minimum charge of £5 (table of fees) including postage and packaging. Once we have received your completed form we can let you know how much your copies will cost. Payment must be received before the copies are made.

 

Legal Enquiries

The Jersey Archive is responsible for the care of and provision of access to original documents from the Probate Division, Royal Court, Public Registry, Family Division and Magistrates Court. The Archive has built up a good working relationship with many legal firms since these documents were transferred to the Archive by the Judicial Greffe in 2001.

The Archive currently undertakes to produce photocopies of cases from original records for legal firms and also offers firms the opportunity to send researchers to the Archive to view original material.

If you would like to order photocopies of legal cases please complete our legal copyright declaration form including details of the court, volume and page number required. Our Table of Fees gives details of prices.

 

Essential Information

Organised groups: Booking is essential call +44 (0) 1534 833300. 

Entrance and parking: Located in Clarence Road (near Don Road). Limited free car parking on site.

Bus routes: Route 1, 1b and 2c from Liberation Station to Royal Crescent.

Access arrangements: Disabled access to all floors

Dogs: No dogs

 


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