14 January 2016
Jersey Library will be hosting Jersey’s first Local History Fayre on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January to give islanders a chance to meet local history experts and enthusiasts and learn more about all aspects of our past.
Representatives from the Island’s history societies and special interest groups will be taking part alongside local authors to talk about their work, and experts will be on hand to offer advice on family history research.
Participants include Jersey Library, Jersey Archive, Channel Islands Family History Society, L’Office du Jèrriais, Channel Island Bus Society, Channel Islands Great War Study Group, Channel Islands Occupation Society, Jersey Postcard Study Group and the Societe Jersiaise History Section.
Julie O’Grady, the Senior Librarian for Information Services, said “Jersey has a wonderful, varied history full of intrigue and momentous events. The Fayre will give like-minded people a unique opportunity to get together to talk about fascinating points in our past or to learn more about a subject that has caught their interest. It promises to be a very enjoyable and educational weekend.”
Workshops will be held on both days from 10am to 12pm on using the family history resources at the Jersey Library including Ancestry, Forces War Records, Find my Past and British Newspaper Archive.
10:30am Deirdre Shirreffs author of The Wild Flowers of Jersey.
12:00pm Wendy Janvrin-Tipping author of Any Day Now.
1:15 pm Peter Carnegie on his yachtsman’s pilot book Pilotage in the Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula and North Brittany.
2:30pm David Le Maistre on Fun with Old Postcards
10:30am Paul Darroch on his book Jersey: Hidden histories
12:30pm Jersey Archives talk on Family History at Jersey Archive
2:30pm Alasdair Crosby on Grub Street – the long view: reflections on popular journalism in Jersey.
Education Minister Deputy Rod Bryans said “This is another good initiative from the Jersey Library team that will engage the public in a new way and enable people to come together and explore the Island’s rich history.”