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Rediscover Jersey with some of the Island's famous places, faces and moments in time.

 

The Story of Jersey  - Jersey's heritage through the ages

The Battle of Jersey - from a stop-motion film ideal for children to the story of Mrs Fiott and her musket ball

A Propsperous Island - the story of Jersey economy

Jersey Granite - more than a rock, it's a 700 million year old story

St Helier - who was this 6th century monk?

A Jersey Cow - world famous and now helping people in poverty in Africa

Migrant Labour - The stories of Jersey's changing population

 

The Story of Jersey

Sit back and watch the Story of Jersey with our 20 minute film which traces Jersey's heritage through the ages.

The Battle of Jersey

Battle of Jersey Stop Motion

See how the Battle of Jersey began, who was involved, where it happened and who won!

Battle of Jersey timelapse

Members of the public create a tableau of Copley's famous painting 'The Death of Major Peirson'.

Mrs Fiott's Musket Ball

Discover the story of Mrs Fiott and the story of the musket ball which struck her as she watched the Battle from her window.

A Prosperous Island: past, present and future

Virtual version of the gallery in the Story of Jersey exhibition at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery. The people of Jersey have proven themselves to be shrewd, hard-working, adaptable and forward-thinking. This, along with a degree of good fortune, has created extended periods of economic buoyancy during the Island’s history.  Sponsored by Jersey Finance.

Stories of Jersey Granite

Jersey's geology is fascinating - it is unique to the Island, it is unique to the Channel Islands and it's unique internationally. The rocks in Jersey were formed long before life began.  Find out about the 700 million year old story of Jersey granite.

The story of St Helier

A short story of the 6th century Saint Helier, told by Islanders all called Helier.

A Jersey Cow

Our world-famous Jersey cow was developed as a breed in the 19th century. But did you know that in Africa today, the Jersey breed is helping families out of poverty?  This film featured in our 'Jersey Reaches Out – 50 years of overseas aid’ exhibition in 2018. Film credit: BBC

Economically Dependent: Migrant labour in Jersey 1890-1935

Seen through the photographs of the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive Economic migrants began arriving in Jersey in the 1820s, initially to fill gaps in the labour market produced by large construction projects. With the development of the new potato market in the 1850s and the take up of the Royal Fluke (Jersey Royal) variety in the 1870s, thousands of workers were now also needed to work a short 6-8 week season.

Since then Jersey has largely been economically dependent on migrant labour to fill skilled short term positions that the key industries of agriculture, tourism, finance and construction have required. In this exhibition we take a look at some of the earliest photographic records of migrant labourers in Jersey 1890-1935.

Originally intended to be a physical exhibition in the Link Gallery at Jersey Museum, we have adapted the display to a suitable format for the circumstances.