Join the 18th century Master Gunner on the Parade Ground as he puts the new recruits (you) through their paces before marching off to the Cockpit to fire the Black Powder cannon or join the Regimental Surgeon or 18th century army wife.


Location

Location

Elizabeth Castle


Living History at Elizabeth Castle starts on 21 March until 27 October.  Please note that dates and times may change at short notice please check with the castle in advance if you wish to see a particular performance. 

Normal admission prices apply.  Jersey Heritage members go free.

The Master Gunner

Join the 18th century Master Gunner on the Parade Ground as he puts the new recruits (you) through their paces before marching off to the Cockpit to fire the Black Powder cannon.

21 March to 5 May: Monday to Saturday  12pm to 1pm. Then 2pm for the Brown Bess musket demonstration

6 May to 30 September: Daily - 12pm to 1pm. Then 2pm for the Brown Bess musket demonstration

1 October to 27 October: Monday to Saturday  12pm to 1pm. Then 2pm for the Brown Bess musket demonstration

 

Robert Bloodsworth,Regimental Surgeon

From 1 May to 27 September - Tuesdays & Thursdays - 10am to 3.30pm (main presentations at 11am and 14.15pm.)

Could you pass the medical for an 18th Century Soldier? Meet Lieutenant Robert Bloodsworth, the Assistant Regimental Surgeon of the 95th Regiment of Foot. Find out about the weapons of the period and the wounds they could cause. Then hear about the treatment for the wounded and sick after battle and see some of the surgical and medical instruments of the 18th century that were available to the surgeon in his job.

 

Sarah Brown, 18th century Army wife

From 4 May to 28 September- Fridays - 10am to 4pm

Sarah Brown is the wife of a soldier garrisoned here at Elizabeth Castle. Only six women for every 100 men are allowed to travel with their husbands. The women are described as army followers and must be of good character and able to work and support the army, of which they are an integral part. They receive half rations.

Sarah works as a sutler supplying the soldiers with goods to supplement their rations. She is also a laundress and is paid by the soldiers for the work she does.

Canon Louis

From 2 May to 26 Septmber - Wednesdays - 10am to 4pm

Canon Louis is a member of the Augustinian Order. He is one of 6 holy men scraping out an existence in the former glory of The Abbey of St Helier.

The year is 1194 and the focus of the church has moved from Jersey to Normandy and in the process downgraded the Abbey to a Priory. Louis has a choice thing or two to say about that. But he hopes Archbishop Thomas Becket will soon reconcile with king Henry and the Priory will flourish once more... Meanwhile he sings the praises of the Lord, records his thoughts on parchment, keeps the relics clean and prays for a better tomorrow

1781 Jersey Militia

May 13, June 10, July 29, Aug 26, Sept 23 - 10am to 4pm

The Battle of Jersey occurred on 6 January 1781. A French Invasion force landed in the East at La Rocque and proceeded into St Helier capturing the Governor and threatening the population. Subsequently the Battle was fought in the Royal Square. The St Lawrence Battalion of the Militia fought alongside the British regiments  in the successful defeat of the French. Come and Join the 1781 Jersey Militia for a display of Artillery and Musketry at 11.00 and again at 2.15,  plus visit with their wives for an insight into Georgian life.

 

Barracks Hospital Tour

Explore this Georgian barracks hosptial with one of our expert guides.  Normally closed to the public the barracks hospital is the first building Jersey Heritage want to restore as part of their Love Your Castle campaign.  Please call the Castle before you visit to confirm.

 

Free Guided Tour

Take the free tour of Elizabeth Castle with our guide please call the Castle to confirm the time.