The National Trust for Jersey is delighted to announce the continuation of ‘Meet the Journeauxs’, the educational initiative based at their 16 New Street property that offers Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils a curriculum-led experience with a focus on the home in history. Several schools have already benefitted from the educational sessions which started in May, and these have now being extended for the new school year.
16 New Street is the only example of a detached early Georgian town house in St. Helier which, due to Regency modifications, has been restored and interpreted to give the impression of an early 19th century home belonging to a professional gentleman who resides there with his family.
Three costumed living history interpreters provide children with the opportunity to engage with the working house and its inhabitants. Each visit considers bread making, letter writing, period dancing and schooling. Pupils not only see, hear and smell what life was like in the early 19th century, but also dress up in clothes which would have been worn by children in that time. A handling collection of replica Georgian items is also available for classroom use.
The continuation of ‘Meet the Journeauxs’ has been made possible through the on-going sponsorship of Stanley Gibbons. Keith Heddle, Group Investment Director of Stanley Gibbons said they have enjoyed sponsoring such a positive initiative: ‘What better way to bring history to life than using 16 New Street to show children what it was like in the Georgian period. It brings history out of the classroom and enables the children to take part. For us as a heritage brand, it has been the perfect opportunity to invest in the future through Jersey’s children.’
The project is being overseen by National Trust Curator, Chris Addy: ‘The Trust is delighted that this unique service will continue until the end of the year. It presents a wonderful opportunity for children to experience first-hand what life was like in Jersey in the early 19th century. These sessions would not have been possible without the support of Stanley Gibbons, but also the hard work of our volunteers and staff; the children have loved wearing the period costumes made by Jo Fancourt and the tour leaders: Jenny Underwood, Pat Dorgan and Colin Masterman bring the house and times alive with their expertise and enthusiasm.’