Jersey Heritage is holding a series of live webinars over the coming weeks to enable it to continue delivering its archives talks and connecting with Archive users during the Coronavirus lockdown.


Jersey Heritage is holding a series of live webinars over the coming weeks to enable it to continue delivering its archives talks and connecting with Archive users during the Coronavirus lockdown.

After successfully hosting two live webinars over the past fortnight, the team at Jersey Archive have put together a full programme of ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ webinars, which are free to access. They will also be holding a number of online tutorials to introduce the public to the thousands of online resources available via the Jersey Heritage Catalogue and highlighting different collections that can be used for family history research. Stuart Nicolle, Jersey Heritage’s Senior Archivist, explained that the ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ project, which is kindly sponsored by Benest & Syvret this year, had always aimed to bring communities together to celebrate the history of their street. He said:

“Over the past 10 years, we have built up a community of people who visit Jersey Archive every month to listen to the stories about the Island. At the moment, we can’t welcome large gatherings of people to visit the Archive to hear our talks but we can engage with both regular and new visitors online through a series of webinars, as well as reaching a much wider audience of people around the world who are interested in Jersey’s history.”

For each free talk, there will be a link provided to enable people to register to join the webinar. Signing up can be done from a PC, tablet or mobile phone. At the end of the talks, there will be an opportunity to ask questions via a text box. The live talks will also be recorded and placed online at www.jerseyheritage.org/athome/heritage-live for everyone to enjoy at a later time.

Advocate Nina Benest from Benest & Syvret said:

“We are delighted that the current pandemic has not dampened anyone’s enthusiasm for our Island’s stories and we applaud Jersey Heritage’s innovative efforts to bring our community together, which is perhaps even more important now, in this time of lockdown.”

All the talks take place at 3pm. The full programme is as follows:

• Friday, 17 April – What’s Your Street’s Occupation Story? Westmount

• Tuesday, 21 April – Introduction to the Online Catalogue

• Friday, 24 April – What’s Your Street’s Story? St John’s Village

• Tuesday, 28 April – New Collections Online

• Friday, 1 May– What’s Your Street’s Story? St Lawrence

• Tuesday, 5 May – Tracing Impoverished Ancestors – Online Resources

• Friday, 8 May – What’s Your Street’s Occupation Story?  Beaumont

Register for the talks here.