Research and collections

Discover our archives, collections and stories of Jersey and find out how to start your own research

Our collections tell the Island’s stories through archives, archaeology, art and objects, we preserve and provide access to these collections for current and future generations.

Jersey Archive

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Visit the Archive to talk to our friendly, professional staff who will help you with your research

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Our Collections

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We hold over 750,000 objects and documents that tell the story of our Island

Find out more and how to donate an object

Object in Focus

Sir Francis Cook regimental hats on shelf

Discover the story behind some of the objects and archives in our collection

What's this month's Object in Focus?
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The Jersey Heritage Archive and Catalogue Online

Find out more about our collections by searching the online catalogue which contains over 750,000 descriptions of the unique documents and objects that we care for. The online catalogue allows you to explore digital images of many of our collections from wherever you are in world. This includes resources for family and social history, photographs from the Jersey Evening Post and Société Jersiaise archives, images of our object and art collections in store and archaeological finds.

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Family history research

Get started researching your family history in Jersey


La Cotte

At La Cotte de St Brelade (La Cotte) in Jersey, appearances are deceptive but there is more to it than meets the eye.


The Brighton Road tragedy

Donna Le Marrec, who works for the National Trust Jersey, uncovered surprising and tragic stories in her family tree.


Claude Cahun and Jersey

Claude Cahun (1894-1954) was an artist, photographer and writer. She is best known today for her surreal self-portrait photographs.


Castles of Jersey

Why has Jersey been one of the most heavily fortified parts of the British Isles?


Cider making in Jersey

Apple orchards and cider-making are an intrinsic part of our history, having once shaped the landscape, culture and economy of the Island.


Black and white photo of a thatched cottage
Brand new talks online
Your Home Your Story

A brand new series of talks from Jersey Archive, starts with new archive and collections open to the public, each month a new talk will be added. Sponsored by Antony Gibb Historic Buildings Consultants.

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Detail from the Richmond map of 1795 showing orchards in St Lawrence
What's Your Town's Story?

Discover the people and places of Jersey with our What’s Your Street’s Story talks. You can also learn more about starting your family history, the treasures of the archive and many more topics.

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Black and white postcard of St Peter's Village with old bus at bus stop.
What's Your Street's Story?

Discover the stories of the streets and parishes of Jersey in this series of talks, researched, written and presented by the Jersey Archive team

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Historic Environment

Find out about Jersey’s historic environment, how to carry out further research and how we are protecting the past for the future.


You’ll also find out how to report a historic find to our Finds Officer.

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Stone watchtower