Jersey Heritage’s popular ‘What Your Street’s Story?’ series of talks will be renamed ‘What’s Her Street’s Story’ in 2019, to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the Island.
The talks, which are run by Jersey Archive and newly supported by international law firm Walkers, will each focus on the story of a woman in the community, as well as telling general stories about an area.
The women will include Lady Boot in Millbrook; Constance Brown and Claude Cahun in St Brelade’s Bay; Louisa Gould and Ivy Forster in Millais, St Ouen; and the story of the first woman who was blocked from standing for election to the States, Caroline Trachy (née Smallcombe), in Mont Cochon.
At the end of 2019, there will be a talk entitled ‘Naughty or Nice: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives’, which will look at those women in the community who did not have a high profile but had amazing tales to tell.
The generous sponsorship by Walkers also means that Jersey Archive will continue to open to the public from 9am-1pm on the third Saturday of every month.
Stuart Nicolle, Jersey Heritage’s Senior Archivist, said: “We are very excited about putting a new twist on our popular ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ programme. As 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in Jersey, it feels appropriate that we tell the stories of prominent women who have had an impact on our Island.
“We’re also delighted to welcome Walkers as a new sponsor. With their support, we can continue a community project that has proven very popular with Islanders over the years and raises awareness about the rich history that lies behind the streets of Jersey.”
Alexandra Corner, of Walkers, said: “Walkers has a long history of investing in female staff and raising awareness of gender diversity. Our firm is headed up by a female Global Managing Partner and 65% of staff across our ten offices are female. We also have a number of female partners and senior staff in the Channel Islands, who are each recognised specialists in their fields.
“With the centenary of the right to vote in Jersey, we feel that supporting Jersey Heritage’s 'What's Her Street’s Story?' programme is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness, promote gender diversity and make a contribution to celebrating the exceptional women of Jersey.”
The first Archives talk of the year is next week on Saturday, 19 January, when Director of Archives and Collections Linda Romeril will discuss 100-year-old records that were opened to the public for the first time on 1 January 2019.
Full programme of Archives talks:
- 19 January – Stories from Newly-Opened Archives
- 16 February – Iconic Jersey Women and the Story of the Vote
- 16 March – WHSS: La Motte Street and Grosvenor Street/ various stories
- 20 April – WHSS: Millbrook/ Lady Boot
- 18 May – WHSS: St Brelade’s Bay/ Constance Brown and Claude Cahun
- 15 June – WHSS: St Saviour’s Road/ various stories
- 20 July – WHSS: Millais, St Ouen/ Louisa Gould and Ivy Forster
- 17 August – WHSS: Gloucester Street/ various stories
- 21 September – WHSS: La Route du Fort and Surrounding Streets/ various stories
- 19 October – WHSS: Green Island/ various stories
- 16 November – WHSS: Mont Cochon/ Caroline Trachy
- 21 December – Naughty or Nice: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives