Occupation Tapestry Gallery

Gal'lie d'la Tapiss'sie d'L'Otchupâtion


Couple look in detail at the stitches of tapestry Family play on interactive pads at Occupation Tapestry

    Visit the award winning Occupation Tapestry, made by the people of Jersey to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island’s liberation.


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    Opening Times

    2022
    Open daily from 16 March to 30 October 10am to 5pm
    Open every Sunday from 31 October to 18 December 10am to 4pm
    Closed
    1 to 3 January
    19 to 31 December

    Admission is Included in your entry fee to the Maritime Museum or admission to the Occupation Tapestry Gallery is £4.95

    Jersey Heritage Members – Free

    Children under six go free

    PRE-BOOKING

    There is no requirement to book if your group is below 6+ Adults / Seniors
    . 15% Group Booking discount is applicable to pre booked groups of 6+ or more Adults or Seniors (or combination of)

     

    Jersey Heritage welcomes the following Reciprocal Agreements:

    Museums Association Members
    International Council of Museums (ICOM) members
    Alderney Society / Museum ticket holders
    Friends of the Maritime Museum- Occupation Tapestry Gallery and Maritime Museum only
    Friends of Liverpool Maritime Museum – Occupation Tapestry Gallery and Maritime Museum only
    Friends of National Maritime Museum – Occupation Tapestry Gallery and Maritime Museum only
    Friends of Manx National Heritage
    Réseau des Musées de Normandie – Muséopass Card

    Our disabled visitors pay the normal admission rate and we are happy to offer free admission for up to two carers.


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    Location

    New North Quay, St Helier, JE2 3ND, The Occupation Tapestry Gallery is located at the Maritime Museum. For more information call +44 (0)1534811 043


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    ABOUT THE OCCUPATION TAPESTRY

    The Occupation Tapestry was unveiled in 1995 and has since helped Islanders and visitors to better understand something of this difficult period of Jersey’s history. The award-winning Occupation Tapestry was woven by Islanders to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the liberation from five years of occupation by the German armed forces during the Second World War. The 13 richly colourful panels of the tapestry, which is housed within the Maritime Museum, depict life and hardship under military rule and were created from the memories and stories of Islanders who experienced it first-hand.

    In 2015, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation, Jersey Heritage asked Wayne Audrain to design a new 13th panel to capture both the celebration at the heart of Liberation Day, and how Jersey people continue to remember acts of heroism and commemorate the victims of Nazism.

    Community spirit runs through the Occupation Tapestry, in what it represents and how it was created. Each of the original 12 panels was created in a different Jersey parish and the 13th panel toured all 12 parishes, offering every Islander the opportunity to sew a stitch.

    There are interactive touchscreens and audio-visual presentations that draw on the latest academic research about this fascinating part of Jersey’s history. How did people make acts of resistance against the Germans? Who were the victims of Nazi persecution?

    The Channel Islands hold the unique distinction of being the only part of Britain to be occupied by the Germans. But how did the experience of Islanders compare with that of other occupied countries in mainland Europe?

     

    Facilities and Access

    Read our access statement for the Occupation Tapestry Gallery.

    Payment: Can be made by debit, credit card (not Amex), in Sterling or Euro.

    Entrance and parking: Located on the New North Quay in close proximity to the Weighbridge and Liberation Square. No on-site car park but parking for cyclists.  Nearest public car parks are located at Pier Road and Sand Street

    Buses and cycle routes: All bus routes to Liberation Station. Follow any cycle route for St Helier

    Refreshments: No café on site

    Gift Shop: The Jersey Heritage gift shop, selling gifts and souvenirs is on site

    Access arrangements: Disabled access

    Dogs: No dogs allowed, except guide dogs. Read our policy here.

    Hearing loop: Available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance

    WIFI:  Available on site