The Hidden Treasures Heritage Week, a festival which brought the Island’s history to life from 7th – 15th September 2013, has been hailed a great success by the Island’s heritage organisations.
During a packed programme (jointly funded by Jersey Tourism and Education, Sports & Culture, and hosted by the National Trust for Jersey, Jersey Heritage, the Channel Islands Occupation Society and the Société Jersiaise), over 4000 visitors and locals were inspired to discover an exciting range of tours, events and activities aimed at giving everyone a taste of the Island’s rich cultural heritage.
The festival built a wealth of activity around two of the Island’s most popular events, the International Air Display and The National Trust’s annual ‘Open Day’, and boasted some unique opportunities, including:
• A launch event at the Royal Square featuring Jèrriais group, Badlabecques
• An Ice Age Trail in the company of expert Dr Matt Pope
• ‘Behind-the-scenes’ tours of Jersey Heritage’s reserve collection inside a purpose-built store brimming with hidden treasures
• Candlelit music recitals at 16 New Street
• A guided tour of the Royal Court and States Chamber
• Victorian graveyard tours hosted by visiting expert Dr Sarah Rutherford
The Visitor Centre at Jersey Tourism, where the majority of tours, talks and excursions were booked, reported a special buzz among tourists who were both excited and fascinated by the range of experiences available. Nearly all events were sell-outs with some requiring extra dates to satisfy the demand.
David de Carteret, Director of Tourism & Marketing at Jersey Tourism, said:
“The increased numbers attending the Hidden Treasures events this year were extremely encouraging and demonstrated that the week has increasing potential in attracting visitors across the wide range of very different activities on offer. We see it going from strength to strength and look forward to a further expanded programme next year.”