The Jersey Heritage Annual Review adopts a personal style this year, with contributions from a wide group of people, whose lives are touched by the work of the organisation, including staff, volunteers and members of the public.
The Annual Review is an important summary of the work of Jersey Heritage during the latter part of 2011 and throughout 2012 and features commentary on ground-breaking exhibitions such as the ‘Death of Major Peirson’ at the Jersey Museum, the incredible discovery of what is thought to be the world’s largest Iron Age hoard of coins and precious metals and public engagement activities such as the education outreach programme and the work of the Jersey Archive.
Members of staff who have been involved in some of the highlighted activities of the last year give a very personal account of how Jersey’s heritage has an impact on their lives, and their aspirations for the future of the Island’s cultural wealth.
Jon Carter, Director of Jersey Heritage, is interviewed about the contribution heritage can make to modern society. He says: ‘The last 30 years have seen Jersey Heritage develop into a modern and efficient organisation that has a very broad remit in conservation, stewardship and education. Working with our heritage partners, including the Societe Jersiaise, the National Trust for Jersey and the Channel Islands Family History Society, we have achieved a great deal in raising awareness of the importance of heritage in our society and culture. We continue to focus on conserving and contextualising our past to inform our understanding of the present and future.’
Jersey Heritage is a charitable trust, part-funded by the public but committed to meeting at least 50% of its budget through self-generated income streams, including sponsorship, patronage, admissions and membership. At the end of 2012 Jersey Heritage has achieved matched-funding and continues to explore new avenues for fundraising and commercial income growth.
‘For 30 years, we have innovated and evolved, constantly striving for new ways to develop the service we provide. We will continue to do this, endeavouring to make sure that heritage plays a full part in island life for everyone now and for future generations,’ said Carter.