Jersey Heritage is looking to involve more members of the community in the 2014 What’s your Street’s Story? Series and is calling out to Islanders for their personal accounts of the areas featured in this year’s programme.
In 2014, thanks to the generous sponsorship of local law firm Appleby, the Jersey Archive will continue its popular What’s your Street’s Story? series of talks and events and will be open every third Saturday morning of the month from 9am-1pm. The first Saturday morning opening of the year is on Saturday 18 January.
The programme begins with a community event where members of the public are being asked to come in and talk to Archive staff about the areas they are studying throughout the year and to bring in any archives or photographs of the areas.
Stuart Nicolle, Senior Archivist, explains, “When we deliver the talks we always have members of the public coming up to us afterwards and revealing details of the areas of interest that we did not know previously. We wanted to do something slightly different this year to try and capture these interesting tales at the start of the project.”
“Do you know anything about Georgetown? Do you have memories of Mont Millais? Do you have photographs of St John’s Village? Do you have any information on the other areas that we are looking at in 2014. If so come and tell us on 18 January at the Jersey Archive and we can try and include them in our research later in the year.”
In February, Archive staff will offer tours of the award-winning Jersey Archive building. Members of the public who book on the free tours will be taken behind the scenes and will be able to see the strongrooms of the Jersey Archive as well as seeing the cataloguing and conservation workshops.
There then follows 9 new areas of research, which have been requested by members of the public. Within these we will 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.
In December, a talk will be given about how to undertake research into your house history.
There will also be an opportunity for keen historians to be involved with a community talk being prepared for September. Nicolle said, “In September we will be talking about Bouley Bay and we thought it would be an opportunity to get researchers involved.”
“The idea is that we will get together a team of researchers who will come in every couple of weeks throughout the year to work with the Archive team on investigating the area. What’s your Street’s Story is a community project so this innovation will help widen this scope out further. If anyone is interested in assisting in this we would be delighted for them to come forward.”
“What’s your Story? has been running for seven years and last year was our most popular year ever. Numbers were up over 25% on the previous year. We have now built up a local following and with their support the programme has gone from strength to strength. Even if readers are not interested in the talks they can take advantage of the Archive being open by coming in and researching their family or house history.”
Members of Archive staff will be on hand all morning of Saturday 18 January to record the memories of members of the public coming in and will have scanning equipment on hand to digitise any images or archives of interest about the areas.
The full programme is as follows:
• 18th January – Memory Day
• 15th February – Tours of the Archive
• 15th March – Georgetown
• 19th April – Mont Millais
• 17th May – St John’s Village
• 21st June – Beaumont and Sandybrook
• 19th July – Route de la Hougue Bie
• 16th August – Corbière and Petit Port
• 20th September – Bouley Bay
• 18th October – Plémont and Portinfer
• 15th November – Broad Street, Charing Cross and Sand Street
• 20th December – Researching your House History