A new report on Jersey’s historic environment highlights how archaeological research has put Jersey on the map around the world.
Since 2014, archaeologists have carried out 85 evaluations or excavations on historically important sites before they’ve been developed, which has helped provide a clearer picture of Jersey and its people. Among these are:
- The discovery of the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard in Grouville
- Cambridge University’s work on Lager Wick, a forced labour camp, housing people from Spain, France and North Africa, and the first Nazi camp to be excavated on British soil
- Archaeological digs at Les Varines and La Cotte de St Brelade, led by a team of international experts, exploring Jersey’s deep prehistoric past
- The investigation of the Co-operative Locale site at Charing Cross
The archaeological work going on in Jersey is attracting international recognition for the island. In recent years, academics from University College London, and Cambridge University have been among those visiting and working in Jersey to explore our pre-historic past.
The information is set out in Heritage Counts, an annual audit of the state of Jersey’s historic environment, produced by Jersey Heritage on behalf of the States of Jersey Environment Department and other local heritage organisations, including the Société Jersiaise, the National Trust for Jersey and the Channel Islands Occupation Society.
Each year Heritage Counts explores the social and economic role of the historic environment and provides an overview of key developments.
The report identifies the different types of heritage assets, some of which Jersey already has and some which it is hoped Jersey will recognise in the future. These include:
- Listed buildings and places
- Protected historic wreck sites
- Ramsar sites – wetlands of international importance
- Conservation areas
- National Park
- Natural sites of special interest
- Protected trees and woodland
The report also provides an update on the progress of an island-wide listing re-survey of archaeological sites and historic buildings which is very near completion. The work is part of a much bigger project to develop a single online home for an extensive collection of information about Jersey’s heritage.
The Historic Environment Record, as it’s known, combines state-of-the-art software and mapping which is being developed by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund and will be available for everybody to use for free.
Facts from the report
59 per cent of visitors said that Jersey’s interesting history and heritage sites were an important factor in deciding to visit Jersey
90 per cent of surveyed visitors said they had visited at least one historic site in Jersey during the year.
In 2016, the States of Jersey Historic Environment Team provided heritage guidance on 442 applications - contributing to 34% of all planning applications.
The number of heritage buildings / sites under the care of heritage organisations has remained stable since 2014:
- 173 sites under the care of the National Trust for Jersey, including 28 historic buildings
- 17 buildings / sites owned by the Société Jersiaise; www.societejersiaise.org
- 32 buildings / sites under the management of Jersey Heritage; www.jerseyheritage.org
- 21 buildings / sites under the management of Channel Islands Occupation Society; www.ciosjersey.org.uk
In 2016, there were 212,215 recorded visits to heritage attractions in Jersey:
- 187,910 to Jersey Heritage sites/events
- 19,305 to National Trust for Jersey sites/events
- 5,000 to Channel Islands Occupation Society sites/events
In 2016 7,527 school visits (number of students) were made to heritage sites in Jersey
Download the full report.