The Jersey Film Archive was established by the Jersey Heritage, in conjunction with the Educational Television Network in 1990. In 2000 it was moved to the Jersey Archive as it is the most suitable place to maintain film. The Jersey Film Archive’s collection policy is to bring together film created by Jersey people and film of the island.
The collection spans a wide range of subjects relating to the island and its people. It includes the surviving works of some of the island’s most important amateur filmmakers such as George Morley. It also contains some rare footage shot secretly during the occupation, long after the Germans had confiscated cameras and film. Other topics covered include film of the island’s rich maritime and natural history, coverage of popular island events such as the Battle of Flowers and shots of family holidays at the peak of Jersey’s popularity as a holiday resort.
As well as film footage held at the Jersey Archive, we also hold various sound recordings relating to the island. Our first major accessions in the Jersey Sound Archive have been a large deposit of material from the Education Department.
Amongst the sound recordings we hold are programmes and series produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcast Service for radio broadcast and use in schools, local and national radio broadcasts from and about the island, including promotional material and holiday programmes and some fascinating oral history recordings which consist of people talking about their lives and everyday experiences. The subjects covered in the oral history recordings we retain include life during the Occupation, life at the turn of the century and in the early 1900s, and experiences of Jersey traditions such as collecting vraic.