The Jersey Peace Trail takes people on a walking tour of St Helier, from west to east through the heart of town. It covers 15 different locations and focuses on everything from Elizabeth Fry’s campaign for reform of the Island’s prison, to the reconciliation process of the post-war years between Jersey and its German occupiers.
The idea for the trail was first suggested by the local Quaker group and Jersey Heritage took on responsibility for developing it. Lucy Layton, Jersey Heritage’s outreach curator, said: “Many towns and cities across the world have created peace trails to explore the less well-known stories of peace and social justice connected with their historic sites and monuments.
“The appropriate time to launch Jersey’s own Peace Trail is the centenary of the Armistice – the ending of what was, at the time, hoped to be ‘the war to end all wars’, such was the scale of destruction and loss of life.”
The Channel Islands Lottery and Association of Jersey Charities both helped to fund the Trail, and Jersey Heritage worked with the Island’s secondary schools to research and write the accompanying guide. A series of short films about each of the 15 locations has been narrated by students from JCG, Beaulieu, Hautlieu, Le Rocquier and Victoria College.
The walking guide is available from Jersey Museum, or to download from the Jersey Heritage website, where people can also find the associated online content. To find out more, visit www.jerseyheritage.org/peacetrail