Jersey Heritage Launches Jersey Evening Post Images to View Online.
In Spring 2017 Jersey Archive staff completed the transfer of over 1.5 million images from the offices of the Jersey Evening Post to the strongrooms of the archive building.
To mark its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Jersey Evening Post offered its historical photographic archives to Jersey Heritage as a celebratory gift to the people of the Island.
Launched on 30 June 1890, Jersey’s longest-running newspaper began publishing news pictures in the 1920s, starting with large glass plates and later moving on to 35mm negatives until the introduction of digital technology some 75 years later.
The Jersey Evening Post Photographic Archive is a unique and important part of the history of the Island. The archive is a true reflection of the breadth of Island life with images showing political, social and architectural change over the past 8 decades.
At the heart of the archive are images of community – schools, sports, Island events, celebrations and local clubs and associations.
In 2017 project staff and volunteers have been working to scan, repackage, catalogue and index the images so that they can be searched online and enjoyed by members of the local community and those with Jersey connections around the world. The staff have been employed by Jersey Heritage on annual contracts with support from the Jersey Heritage Patron’s Fund.
Linda Romeril, Archives and Collections Director at Jersey Heritage said ‘The project staff and volunteers who have been working with the Jersey Evening Post photographic collection have done an amazing job this year. The transfer and initial repackaging of the collection was managed by our Conservator, Lisa Oldham and it took over 6 months to move the fragile collection from the JEP offices to the strongrooms at Jersey Archive.’
She continued, ‘The team have scanned over 200,000 photographs and catalogued over 12,000 jobs and these are now available to search online. The scale of their achievement is a testament to their hard work, however with a collection of over 1.5 million images we have a long way to go. We will be working with the JEP to raise funds and look at sponsorship opportunities to continue to work on the collection.’
The images are now available to search on the Jersey Heritage online catalogue http://catalogue.jerseyheritage.org/. Members of the public will either be able to browse through the collection using different themes such as hotels, shops or aviation, or to enter a specific name, place or subject. Images can searched and viewed in a low resolution format for free and downloaded as high quality jpg files for a charge.
Mrs Romeril said ‘The images are a wonderful record of life in Jersey and we would like as many people as possible to add comments, memories and identify themselves, friends and families in the photographs. Try entering the name of your school and see if you can spot yourselves and your school friends.’