From Friday 1st August a new exhibition opens Jersey Museum & Art Gallery and an important new book is published, both telling the story of Jersey and the Great War. The exhibition is sponsored by Credit Suisse and focuses on the individual stories of ordinary people affected by extraordinary events.
Doug Ford, Director of Community Learning at Jersey Heritage said: While the story of the Great War is a story of millions it is also the story of individuals. In order to make Jersey’s experience in this war more understandable, Voices of the Great War is an exhibition which tells the stories of twelve individuals who played different roles within the conflict – some active and some passive.’
Roy McGregor, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse in the Channel Islands commented: ‘Having enjoyed working with Jersey Heritage last year on a successful project we are delighted to work together again and support Voices of the Great War in this important centenary year, which coincides with Credit Suisse’s tenth anniversary in Jersey.’
In conjunction with this exhibition, Jersey Heritage has published a book by local historian and First World War in Jersey expert Ian Ronayne, called Jersey ‘s Great War. This book tells the important but previously forgotten story of Jersey and its people between 1914 and 1918 and can be purchased from Jersey Museum & Art Gallery for £19.95. A World War 1 blog, also written by Ian Ronayne has been published on the Jersey Heritage website, this blog which will be updated weekly for the next four years cataloguing what actually happened in Jersey during the Great War.
These projects are supported by the States of Jersey as part of the Island’s plans to mark the centenary of the Great War.