Jersey Heritage Collections

Jersey Heritage looks after over 350,000 artefacts, works of art, archival material, specimens and information relating to the history, culture and environment of the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Many of the collections cared for by Jersey Heritage belong to the States of Jersey, the Société Jersiaise, the National Trust and private business, associations and individuals. Jersey Heritage collects, documents, preserves and makes widely accessible these unique collections so that future generations are able to discover the story of Jersey and what makes it the island that it is today.

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Since 1993 Jersey Archive has collected over 300,000 archival records charting the written history of the Island from 1378 to the present day.

Jersey Archive was established as part of Jersey Heritage in 1993.  The Archive is the Island’s national repository holding archival material from public institutions as well as  private businesses and individuals. Jersey Archive’s purpose is to preserve the unique written cultural heritage of the Island thus ensuring that future generations can access archival material to learn more about Jersey’s past.

Since 1993 Jersey Archive has collected over 300,000 archival records from the States of Jersey, States Committees and Departments, the Royal Court, H.E. Lieutenant-Governor, Parishes, Churches, Businesses, Societies and individuals relating to the Island. These records are now stored in our environmentally monitored strongrooms at the Jersey Archive.

For more information about visiting the archive and searching our records on line please visit the Archive Online.

Jersey’s natural beauty and distinct character has long inspired local and visiting artists to capture the essence of the Island.

Jersey’s natural beauty and distinct character has long inspired local and visiting artists to capture the essence of the Island. John Le Capelain portrayed Jersey’s Romantic landscape through his atmospheric watercolours. Jersey has always been a popular destination for visiting artists, attracted by the Island’s varied landscape, rugged coastline, historic buildings, picturesque landscape and lush valleys.

Jersey’s maritime history is accurately portrayed by ship portraitist Philip John Ouless, who excelled at depicting Jersey ships with tremendous technical efficiency.

With his paintings of vraicing, farming and horses, Edmund Blampied captured the rural idyll of Jersey in bygone days.

Lillie Langtry is one of the Island’s most renowned daughters. She was painted in 1878 by Pre-Raphaelite great Sir John Everett Millais in her trademark plain black dress. Sir Edward Poynter painted her in a much more sumptuous golden dress.

Claude Cahun created some of the most startlingly original and enigmatic photographic images of the twentieth century. Prefiguring by over seventy years many of the concerns explored by contemporary artists today, the importance of her work is increasingly recognised. The Jersey Heritage Trust collection represents the largest repository of the artistic work of Cahun who moved to the Jersey in 1937.

Conservation is the physical care of our collections, to ensure their long-term survival, for now and for future generations.

This involves both preventive conservation, through proper storage, display and handling of the collections and interventive conservation, through the repair or treatment of individual items to ensure their long-term survival. In order to achieve this Jersey Heritage employs two professionally qualified conservators who share a fully equipped laboratory. Teams of volunteers work alongside the conservators to assist with the care of our collections.

Virtual Pocket Museum App. We have developed this app so that you can have 3D access to objects from the collection.

Virtual Pocket Museum App

Jersey Heritage Virtual Pocket Museum is a brand new app that allows you to view various ancient artefacts from the Jersey Heritage collection in 3D and Jersey Heritage members can even hold objects such as a mammoth tooth in their hand using “augmented reality”. 

The 3D option allows you to rotate, pan and zoom the artefact to view it on every angles whilst the augmented reality allows you to view a virtual artefact right in your hand or on the table in front of you!

You can also download a 3D Jersey Militia Man from our 'My History' characters - Francis - and bring him to life in the augmented reality area.

New artefacts will be added regularly to the gallery for you to download and view on your own device.


Download the App

Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play

The App is free to use for access to anyone wishing to find out more about Jersey Heritage collections and view some of the items in 3D. However, to benefit from the augmented reality or to be able to print those artefacts in 3D, you must be a member of Jersey Heritage and use your membership card or key ring to activate the Augmented Reality view section. Become a member now.

Augmented reality is a revolutionary new way of visualising a virtual 3D representation of a real artefact appearing it as if you're holding it in your hands on if it is on a table in front of you!

To download the app go to your phone’s or tablet’s app store and search for “Jersey Heritage”

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles that was occupied by the German forces during the Second World War. Jersey Heritage holds a number of collections relating to this momentous period in the Island’s history.


The clothes we wear, the accessories we use and the textiles we surround ourselves with in our homes are a visible statement of how we see ourselves and how we would wish others to see us.


From just 90p per month*, you can roam the Jersey Heritage sites as much as you like.

When you join Jersey Heritage your key to the castle opens the door to hundreds of free events, exhibitions and special days out at all of our sites, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. What’s more, you’ll be helping us to protect the heritage you enjoy today, for generations to come.