A new exhibition at Jersey Museum is giving people the opportunity to delve into a unique visual record of the Island’s history – the Jersey Evening Post photographic archive.
‘Faces and Places – Stories from the JEP Archive’ brings together more than 800 of the thousands of photographs that have appeared in the newspaper since the 1920s. It has just opened to the public and will be officially opened next Wednesday (12th) in the presence of JEP photographers, past and present.
The exhibition, which has free entry, is in the John de Veulle Gallery on the Museum’s ground-floor concourse. It has been made possible by Jersey Heritage Patrons and Benefactors, and is kindly sponsored by Benest & Syvret.
As well putting the images on display, ‘Faces and Places’ is also asking for the public’s help. Jersey Heritage now looks after the JEP’s photographic archive but many of the photographs don’t have details of when, why or where they were taken, or who is in the photographs.
Louise Downie, Jersey’s Heritage’s Director of Curation & Experience, said: “The Jersey Evening Post photographic archive is a unique visual record of Jersey’s faces and places, featuring events great and small. As well as showing off the incredible range of stories that have been beautifully captured over the decades, we are also asking for the public’s help to solve the mystery of why the photos were taken, and who is featured in them.
“Our aim is to record the precious memories that lie behind each and every photograph so we hope that as many people as possible visit the exhibition and share what they know.”
Throughout the exhibition, there are albums of photographs with numbers on. If visitors to the exhibition know anything about an image, they are asked to note down its number, fill in a postcard and put it in the post box at the exhibition entrance. Jersey Heritage’s archivists will then add those details onto that photograph’s record.
If visitors to ‘Faces and Places’ would like to see more photographs, and possibly spot more friends and family, they can visit www.jerseyheritage.org and click on Jersey Heritage Archives and Collections online.