Community time for rarely-seen collection pieces

Islanders – young and old – are being given an opportunity to “meet” rarely-seen items stored by Jersey Heritage, as the collections are opened up to the public and also head out into primary schools.

This month sees the start of the 2020 series of ‘Meet the Collections’ at Sir Francis Cook Gallery in Trinity, when collection pieces which are usually in storage are put out on display. Meanwhile, schoolchildren will benefit from a new scheme that involves specially selected items that reflect the curriculum and will enhance the students’ learning go into their classrooms.

Meet the Collection series

‘Meet the Collections’ offers an opportunity for people to come and see some of the unique, beautiful, unusual and sometimes commonplace, objects, works of art, archive documents, textiles and archaeological finds cared for by Jersey Heritage. The series of free monthly events restarts on Saturday, 29 January, when there will be guided tours of the Museum Object Store behind Sir Francis Cook Gallery, allowing people to explore the thousands of artefacts, ranging from an abacus to an accordion, a plough or a puppet.

After that, the theme of the events will be Quirky Objects; Immigration; Maritime; Occupation and Liberation; and Shops & Shopping. Val Nelson, Jersey Heritage’s Senior Registrar, said: “There are talks and tours throughout ‘Meet the Collections’, with plenty of opportunities to see and interact with artefacts and to hear the fascinating stories behind them.”

New schools initiative

As part of the new schools initiative, eight different sets of collections will be going into four schools over the next few weeks. Each set has been curated around specific themes, including Toys, Health and Photography. They will each be presented in a case with labels and used by teachers in lessons, as well as giving the students a chance to view the objects up close. The schools taking part are St Luke’s, Springfield and Les Landes primary schools, and St George’s Preparatory School.

Helen Otterwell, Jersey Heritage’s Learning & Engagement Manager, said: “Taking the collections into schools creates an opportunity for children to see historical objects within their normal learning environment, helping to bring the past to life and to give all of the students a chance to access the Island’s rich and varied history.”


Dates for ‘Meet the Collections:

• Store Tours – Wednesday, 29 January 4pm-8pm

• Quirky Objects – Saturday, 29 February 10am-2pm

• Immigration – Wednesday, 25 March 4pm-8pm

• Maritime – Saturday, 25 April 10am-2pm • Occupation & Liberation – Wednesday, 27 May 4pm-8pm

• Shops & Shopping – Saturday, 27 June 10am-2pm

All the ‘Meet the Collections’ take place at the Sir Francis Cook Gallery and there will be talks and tours throughout. Entry is free and there is free parking next door at the Blacksmiths Arms. To book a space on a tour, please call 633324.