Liberation 75: A Day to Remember
|Time||10am to 5pm|
|Location||John de Veulle Gallery, Jersey Museum, St Helier|
|Entry||Free, donations welcome|
Experience Liberation Day 1945, recreated through projected crowd scenes from the Royal Square and Pomme D’Or Hotel filmed on 9 May 1945. The exhibition will focus entirely on Liberation Day and the joy of being free.
‘A Day to Remember – Liberation 75’ enables you to step back in time and experience some of the intense emotions felt by Islanders on 9 May 1945. The exhibition also looks at what freedom means today and considers the importance of keeping alive the memory of this momentous time in Jersey’s history.
There will be powerful first-person accounts of Islanders’ Liberation stories and how their descendants feel about liberty today. These accounts include that of Islander Stan Keiller. Reflecting on The Occupation years and Liberation Day, he says: “I would say to the youth of this lovely Island, value and cherish your freedom, and guard it well.”
The projection-based display will bring together archive film and photography with new interview material, Jersey poetry and music, to portray Liberation as experienced by Jersey people here, in England and in Germany.
Liberation shorts - A day to remember
This series of films focuses on the Liberation stories of Islanders in Jersey, British-born Channel Islanders interned in Germany and families who evacuated to England in June 1940. The testimony of Occupation veterans’ descendants is also centre stage, as they explore what freedom means today and the importance of sharing the memory of this momentous time in Jersey’s history. As Stan Keiller remarks, “I would say to the youth of this lovely Island, value and cherish your freedom, and guard it well.”
Watch the films on the Jersey Heritage website
Exhibition sponsored by Alex Picot Trust and supported by The Bailiff of Jersey. With additional thanks to Jersey Heritage Patrons and Benefactors.
This exhibition is free of charge in the John de Veulle Gallery at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery.
Photos thanks to: Channel Islands Military Museum.