Jersey Archive is now home to the new Occupation Tapestry panel, until the final stitch is made this summer. Jersey Heritage commissioned the panel last year to mark the 70th Anniversary of Liberation.
Having completed its grand tour of the Island, which started in June 2015 and spent a fortnight in each of the 12 Parish Halls, the Tapestry panel is now almost complete. When finished, it will embark on the last leg of its journey to the UK to be mounted, prior to being placed on display in the Occupation Tapestry Gallery at the Maritime Museum.
This ambitious project could only have happened thanks to the hard work and dedication of many kind volunteers. Over 100 volunteers have worked on the Tapestry over the past nine months contributing over 2600 hours of their time and the visitor book carries more than 700 signatures. Volunteer Coordinator, Julia Coutanche explains: ‘The level of volunteer commitment represents a huge gesture from a small group of very enthusiastic and skilled volunteers and we are incredibly grateful to Nancy Thelland and her team.
Volunteers include Gwen Ormerod who worked with primary school pupils enabling them to visit and participate, and Mary Dunford who was one of the original coordinators of the 12 panels, commissioned by the States of Jersey to mark the 50th anniversary of Liberation in 1995.‘ The Occupation Tapestry has brought the local community together to create a lasting reminder of how Islanders continue to remember the victims of Nazism, acts of heroism.
There is still time for you to make a special stitch of your own and be part of Jersey’s Heritage. To make an appointment, please call Chris Addy on 07797 87959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Public access to Jersey Archive is between 9am –5pm, Tuesday to Thursday.
With thanks to Benest & Syvret for their sponsorship of this project.