How did you and your family end up living in Jersey? Have you lived here all of your life or did you arrive a few years ago? Whatever the answer is, Jersey Heritage would like to hear from you.
Lucy Layton, Jersey Heritage’s Outreach Curator, is looking for Islanders’ stories to record for a forthcoming exhibition called ‘People Make Jersey – our stories of immigration’. She’ll be at Jersey Library at the beginning of February to film people and is hoping to hear from a variety of Islanders.
Lucy explained that every Jersey resident had a story of how they came to be living in the Island, whether their family had been here for 500 years or five years. She said: “Your family story might be one of 18th century Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in France; Madeiran hotel workers coming to the Island in the 1980s; or international finance workers arriving in the 2000s. Whatever your immigration story is, we would like to hear from you!
“Our new exhibition is going to be about the variety of people who make up the Jersey community and we would like to include and represent as many different parts of that community as possible.”
‘People Make Jersey – our stories of immigration’ opens at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery on 26 March 2020. It will tell immigration stories ranging from the Island’s first permanent settlers, who arrived around 7,000 years ago, through to more recent economic migrants seeking a better way of life for themselves and their families.
Community projects are an integral part of the new exhibition and the stories filmed at Jersey Library will be featured in the displays.
- Jersey Heritage will be filming at Jersey Library on Friday and Saturday, 7- 8 February 2020 from 11am to 3pm. There’s no need to book an appointment – just turn up if you would like to share your Jersey story.