St Helier is the focus of a new series of monthly talks by Jersey Heritage called ‘What’s Your Town’s Story?’, which will look into well-known streets in the centre of Town to reveal the history and stories behind them.
The talks will be delivered by Jersey Archive staff and will be their main outreach programme for the year. The series will be entirely online, with listeners able to sign up to hear the talks live, or listen later via www.jerseyheritage.org. The major areas that will be covered include King Street, Queen Street, the Royal Square, Town Church and its surroundings, Broad Street and New Street.
There will also be a new series of workshops at Jersey Archive to assist people with their historical research. These will be run in person on the third Saturday of the month, starting this weekend (16th), and subjects will include family history, house history and conservation, giving people a better idea of where to start with their studies. The Archive will continue to be open to the public from 9am-1pm on these Saturdays.
Jersey Heritage’s Senior Archivist Stuart Nicolle said: “We’re really excited to focus on central St Helier this year. We walk through these streets so often but perhaps without looking around and thinking about the people and stories of the past. The ‘What’s Your Town’s Story?’ programme will give us an opportunity to talk about the development of St Helier and tell some of the well-known and lesser-known stories that came to light when we studied the records at Jersey Archive.”
Although the ‘What’s Your Town’s Story?’ talks will be online this year, Stuart said they were looking forward to opening the Archive’s doors to people for the workshops: “They are an ideal starting point for people wanting to undertake research, and to get tips about different records to use or how to look after your own documents.”
Spaces are limited for the workshops and must be pre-booked. People can also sign up in advance for the talks. The first of these takes place next Wednesday (20th) and will be by Director of Archives & Collections Linda Romeril, who will look at stories from records newly-opened to the public on 1 January 2021. In February, there will be a talk about some of the records that were used by Archive staff to research the ‘What’s Your Town’s Story?’ programme, before talks about individual areas start in March. The final talk of the year will take place on 22 December and will have a festive flavour with Christmas in St Helier being the theme.
Full talks programme:
20 January – Stories from Records Opened in 2021 Moved online due to current restrictions
24 February – Resources used to research ‘What’s Your Town’s Story?’
24 March – New Street
21 April – Broad Street
19 May – Colomberie
23 June – Royal Square
21 July – Dumaresq Street
25 August – Town Church and Surroundings
22 September – Queen Street
20 October – King Street/ Part 1
24 November – King Street/ Part 2
22 December – Christmas Stories in St Helier.
All talks take place online at 7.30pm. Sign up in advance by going to www.jerseyheritage.org/athome/listen/live.
Full workshops programme:
16 January – Family History
20 February – House History
20 March – Conservation
17 April – How to use the Archives and Collections Online Catalogue
15 May – Criminal and Court Records
19 June – How to use the Historic Environment Record Database
17 July – Family History
21 August – Burial Records
18 September – Conservation
16 October – House History
20 November – How to use the Archives and Collections Online Catalogue
18 December – Tours of the Archive.
All workshops take place at 10am and are limited to 15 people at each session. To book a place, call 833300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.