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.

You can learn more about the Jersey Heritage Collections by visiting

Visit www.jerseyheritage.org/collections »

 

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.

 

Our Conservation team choose their favourite objects and local artists talk about selected works in the collection.

My Favourite Object

My favourite object with Val Nelson

Take your pick. The secret world of the Objects Store.  Val Nelson is the Senior Registrar at Jersey Heritage, responsible for taking in work that has been acquired or donated and keeping an eye on the collections. In the Large Objects Store Mary Green asks her to select her favourite object. Watch the film.

My favourite object with Neil Mahrer

Neil Mahrer has had his work cut out disentangling Jersey’s Coin Hoard. But he still finds time to select his favourite object from the Jersey Heritage Large Object Store.  Watch the film.

My favourite object with Jason Castledine

All in a day’s work. What objects tell us about local life.Museum Registrar Jason Castledine is used to seeing everyday objects from a strange angle. The pieces he catalogues for Jersey Heritage tell a social history of life in the Island through the ages. Mary Green asked him to pick a favourite. Watch the film.

Art on the Easel

Juanita Shield-Laignel on The Passion of St Helier by Frederick Sands

Artist meets art: face to face with The Passion of St Helier.   The collections of Jersey Heritage are a treasure-trove of artefacts and paintings. The Francis Cook Gallery houses stores paintings which tell a story of the Island through the ages. We invited local artists to talk about selected works, starting with The Passion of St Helier by the twentieth-century painter Frederick Sands (1916 – 1992).  Watch the film.

Sam Carney  on Elizabeth Castle by Samuel Austin

We look at it every day but how did Elizabeth Castle appear to the artist Samuel Austin in the nineteenth century? Local artist Sam Carney, a graduate of the Prince of Wales’s School of Traditional Arts, introduces us to the castle as it was in 1834…We look at it every day but how did Elizabeth Castle appear to the artist Samuel Austin in the nineteenth century? Local artist Sam Carney, a graduate of the Prince of Wales’s School of Traditional Arts, introduces us to the castle as it was in 1834.  Watch the film.

Annette Lowe and Louise Downie on The Race Meeting on Grouville Common by Philip Ouless

The date is 25th July, 1849. The place is Grouville Common. The event is a race meeting, and the artist Philip John Ouless was there to record it on canvas. Today, his huge work is in the collection of Jersey Heritage. Heritage volunteer Annette Lowe joins Curation and Experience Director Louise Downie to marvel at the detail in this masterpiece. Watch the film.

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.