Jersey Museum


One of the exhibitions we are showing this year at Jersey Museum is about the objects that have in the collection that are associated with christenings, weddings and funerals. We have called it Hatched, Matched and Dispatched which is the phrase a lot of people use to describe the announcement page in the newspapers.

The exhibition is about the three main stages in a person's life when they are celebrated by their families and friends.

In 1836 the English Parliament passed a law that every Birth, Marriage and Death should be recorded onto a great national Register. The States of Jersey decided this was a good idea and six years later in 1842 passed a similar law.

Did you know?

In the 1950s weddings were held very early in the morning as the bride and groom would then leave to get the boat to go on their honeymoon. Their family and friends then enjoyed the reception after the wedding without them.


Weddings in Jersey

Special clothes to get married in have been worn by brides for centuries. Today most Western brides get married in white but wedding gowns were not always white. It was the wedding of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840 has had more influence on weddings than any other as she wore a white gown.

Not everyone, however, wore white. Widows, older brides and the less well-off often preferred more practical coloured gowns, which could then be worn for Sunday best long after the marriage. Wedding dresses whether white or coloured are always designed in line with current fashion. But the for one day only dress has only been the norm since the mid 20th Century.

Married in white, you will have chosen all right.
Married in grey, you will go far away.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in red, you'll wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow.
Married in brown, you'll live out of town.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink.



Some people like the Ancient Egyptians or the Vikings were buried along with various objects that might be useful in the after-life or else showed how rich they were. In the Christian tradition burials were much more simple affairs

In Jersey there are a number of Neolithic burial sites from over 4,000 years ago but only a small number of bones have survived. This is because the soil in Jersey does not preserve bones very well. In the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland the bones of hundreds of Neolithic people have been found.

Neolithic Burial

There have been very few Neolithic graves found which contain the bones of a person, but when people were buried, objects that were important and meaningful to them were placed with the bodies

Match the person to their grave...

Drag and drop - if it isn't right it won't stick!



Medicine Woman

The grave contains some string and some stone weights with holes in the middle

This is the grave of a weaver - well done!

The grave contains a bow, arrows and a stone knife

This is a warriors grave - well spotted!

The grave contains a pot and some plant matter

Correct! This is the grave of a medicine woman

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