The public will soon have greater access to research the Island’s treasured archives, thanks to support for Jersey Heritage from the Government of Jersey.
Much-needed additional funding for staff means Jersey Archive can now open for an extra day every week, increasing from three days to four days. From 17 May 2021, the Archive will be open to the public from 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Mondays to Thursdays, with a morning opening on the third Saturday of each month.
Due to current Covid-19 guidance, the team at Jersey Archive strongly encourage people to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833300 to book their slot to carry out their research as spaces are limited.
Linda Romeril, Jersey Heritage’s Archives & Collections Director, said: “It has been a long-held ambition to increase the number of hours that the Archive is open for public access. Prior to the current pandemic, the Archive received a number of visitors from the UK and further afield who were interested in finding out more about their Jersey connections. We found that many of them booked to come to the Island for a long weekend but were disappointed to discover that the Archive didn’t open on a Monday or a Friday. We hope that by opening on a Monday and offering this as an extra day every week, we can encourage family history tourism as the Island starts to reopen its borders, as well as providing greater access for Islanders.”
The Archive team’s plea for more funding to help with the backlog of cataloguing, conservation and preservation work and to provide more support for digital preservation and records management was met a year ago when additional funds were allocated in the Government Plan. The additional members of staff employed as a result of this funding have also enabled the Archive to open its doors to the public for longer.
Deputy Kirsten Morel, Assistant Minister with responsibility for Heritage, said: “Jersey Archive is a vital Island institution and a treasure trove of information about our Island’s history. These extra opening hours are excellent news for all Islanders, especially those who are seeking to understand more about Jersey’s past, its people and institutions, and it is particularly helpful to anybody researching their family history.
“If you are interested in learning about any aspect of Jersey’s history, I urge you to take advantage of these extra opening hours and visit the archive where I know Linda and her excellent team will be delighted to assist you with your research.”