Jersey Heritage announces extended winter opening for 2014/2015
Jersey Heritage is delighted to confirm that it will be offering an extended winter opening programme for 2014/2015 which will benefit both residents and visitors. The announcement coincides with the recent announcement that the Trust’s membership has swelled to 10,000. This boost in membership, which has grown 1000% in three years and has been kindly supported by Lloyds, means sufficient levels of income and local support have made extended winter opening a viable and welcome proposition.
On Monday 3rd November Jersey Heritage will switch to winter opening times which will now see the Maritime Museum open on Sundays and Jersey Museum open on Saturdays from November to March. Work is planned to take place to further enhance the exhibition offering at Jersey Museum for the enjoyment of visitors over the winter period. Mont Orgueil Castle will continue to open over winter from Friday to Monday each week.
“This is a significant milestone in our journey to offer viable and sustainable heritage engagement for both resident and visitor communities,” explains Jeremy Swetenham, Commercial Operations Director for Jersey Heritage. “Three years ago we had to take the decision to close sites in winter. We are in a very different place today and, thanks to the incredible support we receive from Jersey residents, we are in a position to offer an enhanced experience 12 months of the year. We have responded to the demands of our increased membership who have signed up to a year-round offering, and to Jersey Tourism who have pushed hard to enhance the winter visitor options.”
Commenting on the news, Jersey Tourism’s CEO David de Carteret said: “The Heritage offering in Jersey is of vital importance in attracting French and UK visitors for short breaks, particularly during the off season when fewer attractions are open. We welcome the additional opening days for the museums at weekends and will work with Jersey heritage to promote the additional availability of the facilities through our visitor centre.” - Ends