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Jersey Library to host local history fayre

16 January 2019

​The local history fayre will take place at the Jersey Library at the end of the month for the fourth consecutive year. A range of talks on a variety of local historical interests are planned between 10am and 4pm on the 25 and 26 January at the Library.

Members of the public are invited to meet, listen and talk to representatives from local societies including, Jersey Archive, Jersey Heritage and the Channel Islands Occupation Society.

Chief Librarian Ed Jewell said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the public to engage with various societies under one roof. We have lots of interesting talks lined up with specialists from some amazing local organisations who keep Jersey’s history alive. It’s a great way to learn more about our beautiful island.”

Olga Finch, Curator of Archaeology at Jersey Heritage, will be holding the first talk next Friday morning about the history of La Cotte de St Brelade. The site is one of the most important Neanderthal sites in North-West Europe where thousands of stone tools and animal bones have been found.

Paul Darroch, author of Jersey: The Hidden Histories will be recounting the experiences of two islanders who survived the Titanic disaster in 1912. One wealthy lady travelling in first class-luxury and a Quartermaster from St Ouen who is said to have seen the iceberg first hand. The ‘Jersey Sea Stories’ talk will be held next Saturday at 10.30am.

There will also be an opportunity to practice speaking Jersey’s own language at a Jerriais taster session on Saturday. A great way to learn the history of the unique language along with a few words.

There is no need to book tickets for any of the talks and they are all free of charge. More information is available on www.gov.je and www.culture.je.

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