Jersey Museum and Art Gallery
Dates & Times
Bergerac’s Island - Jersey in the 1980s
Supported by Channel 103
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Jersey Museum and Art Gallery Jersey Heritage
Sat 1 Apr 2017 09:00 - Sun 31 Dec 2017 16:00
The 1980s were an amazing decade.
It was a decade of huge contrasts. There was lots of greed and selfishness and widening gap between the rich and poor, but at the same time, people took action to help look after the planet and each other.
This exhibition looks at how we felt about what was happening in the world and Jersey in the 1980s.
The 1980s were a decade of people power and individuality. World-changing events were led by public opinion and the need to change an unfair world. The most momentous of these changes was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, reuniting a divided Germany. International protests and campaigns led to the eventual release of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela. The world was changing and people became much more aware of the need to look after it.
Jersey’s economy was flourishing with the rapid growth of the finance industry, but its infrastructure was suffering under the burden of a growing population, leading to huge arguments about suggestions like the flooding of Queen’s Valley.
Natural and man-made disasters and rising crime rates added to the feeling of an uncontrollable and unpredictable world. AIDS was a killer disease. Nuclear armageddon seemed almost inevitable. The Great Storm battered Britain. Drunken driving was endemic.
Music, fashion, television and films often had a distinct 1980s flavour - with BIG being an often used word.
Millions of people around the world were introduced to the Island of Jersey through the fictional Bergerac television series.
Occasionally Bergerac reflected real life in Jersey in the 1980s and always celebrated Jersey’s landscape and history as a star of the show.
The star of Bergerac, John Nettles, will introduce visitors to some of the key stories in Jersey from the 1980s and the exhibition will feature his famous car
This exhibition is supported by Channel 103.