In 2013 Jersey Heritage’s What’s Your Story project, sponsored by Appleby for the sixth consecutive year, needs your help. Jersey Archive is asking for members of the public to nominate a street or area that they think is of interest, they will then explore the stories of the people who lived, loved and worked as part of the local community and the street’s on which they lived.
The team at Jersey Archive are looking for your help in deciding which streets or areas of the Island you would like us to research. Have you ever wanted to know more about the people and communities who have lived on your street or in your house over the past centuries or wondered what your street was like in days gone by? Have you ever thought about the people who lived in your house – who they were, where they worked and what their lives were like? Who was your street named after? Did someone who lived in your house go on to achieve great things? Was property in your area requisitioned by the Germans during the Occupation? Could your community have witnessed an event such as the infamous Brighton Road Tragedy?
If you would like to find out more about your local community we are asking all Islanders to vote for the streets or areas that they would like us to research by coming in to the Archive and filling in a form. You can also vote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, going to our website www.jerseyheritage.org and clicking on the news section or calling the Archive on 833300. The team at Jersey Archive will then select nine streets or areas and the stories we find will be the subject of talks on our special open Saturdays in 2013. The closing date for nominations will be Monday 8th October and competition results will be announced to coincide with our Saturday opening on 20th October.
Jersey Archive would like members of the public to vote for a street or area that they feel holds some interesting stories and as part of the voting process to tell us why they think that street is important.
Linda Romeril, Head of Archives and Collections at Jersey Heritage said, ‘We are delighted that the What’s Your Street’s Story programme, which has been sponsored by Appleby for the past five years has proved to be so popular with members of the public. On our open Saturdays, which are also sponsored by Appleby, the number of people using the archive increases by an average of 140% over an average weekday.’
She continued, ‘In 2013 we would like members of the public to come forward and tell us which areas of the Island they would like to find out more about. The location you nominate could be where you live, where you work or simply your favourite place in Jersey.’
David Benest Managing Partner, Appleby added “We pleased to sponsor the ‘What’s your Street Story campaign for another year. The campaign has been a great success as it enables the Island community to discover more about the history of where they live. Appleby see the Archive as an important resource for both individuals and companies; we are pleased to help increase access to the Archive and raise public awareness of the facilities available to Islanders.”
Remaining 2012 What’s Your Street Story programme
20th October St Brelade’s Bay
17th November Bath Street
15th December Archive Open