Rarely-seen objects and documents will be on display as part of an exciting new series called ‘Meet the Collections’, which is being launched by Jersey Heritage this month.
The new series will give Islanders an opportunity to see, and hear the stories behind, a range of items usually kept behind closed doors in storage. They have been carefully chosen by the Collections team, who look after over 750,000 objects, textiles, archaeological finds and archive documents, including paintings, maps, volumes, parchments and electronic files – all representing different aspects of Jersey’s rich history.
‘Meet the Collections’ starts this Saturday, 14 September, at the Sir Francis Cook Gallery in Trinity, where the public will be able to view and interact with the items on display. There will also be talks by members of the Collections team and tours of the Object Store and Art Store. Two further ‘Meet the Collections’ events will be held at the Gallery over the following months, both of which will include talks and tours. On Wednesday, 23 October, the theme will be ‘Militia and the Military Story’, and on Saturday, 23 November, it will be ‘Archaeology, from Ice Age to the Iron Age and Beyond’. All the events are free.
Val Nelson, Jersey Heritage’s Senior Registrar, selected many of the pieces that will be on display. She said: “We have hundreds of thousands of items in our care, which document the unique cultural, political, social and personal history of Jersey and its residents. We don’t always have an opportunity to share many of these with the public and ‘Meet the Collections’ gives us the perfect reason. The items we have chosen range from the beautiful and unusual, to the commonplace – but they all have a fascinating story to tell about Jersey’s past.”
The items that people will see are usually stored in purpose-built repositories at Jersey Archive and at the Augres Store behind Sir Francis Cook Gallery. As part of the new ‘Meet the Collections’ series, the Collections team will be encouraging the public to ‘Adopt an Object’ to help fund vital conservation work.
Val explained: “We want to ensure that future generations can access both archival and museum material to learn more about the story of Jersey. However, the unique items that we store can be fragile. Some archives and objects have historic damage and the materials they are made from can deteriorate over time. Vital conservation work has to be undertaken and by adopting an object, people can help us to ensure that these items survive and can continue being used by the public for research and put on display.”
For more information about how to ‘Adopt an Object’, please go to www.jerseyheritage.org/fundraising/adopt
‘Meet the Collections’ details
‘Meet the Collections’
Saturday 14 September, 10am-4pm
Demonstration Tables All Day
- Conservation, including museum objects
- Archive documents
- Reminiscence sessions and handling collections
- 10.30am Stuff from the Museum and Textile Collections
- 2.30pm Treasures from the Archives
- 11am Tour of the Object Store
- 2pm Tour of the Art Store
‘Meet the Collections’ – Militia and the Military Story
Wednesday 23 October, 4pm–8pm
Details of talks and tours to be confirmed nearer the time
‘Meet the Collections’ – Archaeology, from Ice Age to the Iron Age and Beyond
Saturday 23 November, 10am–4pm
Details of talks and tours to be confirmed nearer the time.
Entry is free and pre-booking is only required for the tours – people can reserve a space by calling 633324. There is free parking next door at the Blacksmiths Arms. For more information, please go to www.jerseyheritage.org/whats-on/meet-the-collections