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【Case Studies 01】Jersey Museum, Art Gallery & Victorian House

This is an island exhibition, gallery, and museum in a small building connected to the Victorian House, with a cinema on the ground floor next to the ticket office.

Format: Presentation of Jersey’s history through theatre and film Story of Jersey; display exhibits; creative workshop…

Themes: Bouan Appétit (which explores Jersey’s rich heritage of fishing, farming and food.);

  • Admire pieces of art as you wander around the museum, including a portrait of Lillie Langtry by Sir John Everett Millais. Step inside the beautifully restored, gas-lit Victorian House and learn the story of a Victorian family in crisis as Dr. Charles Ginestet abandons their beautiful home and flees to France to start a new life.

  • On the ground floor of the Victorian House, visit Trade Roots, a powerful exhibition that examines the evidence of the island’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

Support: revenue from museum admission; social patrons; sale of small quantities of documents and objects; acquisition fund to ensure that objects can be bid on; souvenir shop…

 

Events:

  • They have run several art workshops with the members of Jersey Mencap, with the focus being on a local Jersey Artist or a painting from our collection.

  • Some of the projects that they have facilitated have included taking our ‘What’s Your Street Story’ talks to the residents of Andium Homes as a way of connecting locals to the areas in which they live.

  • There is also the opportunity to visit sites like the ‘Cold War Bunker’ that have been untouched since the 1980’s.

  • Color our Collection – Get creative with colouring sheets based on paintings in our collection while we share the stories of those paintings.

  • Citizen Curator: ‘Your Connection to our Collection’ – Choose an item that you are drawn to. Then, take part in a creative writing workshop based on the objects that you have chosen in order to create two community exhibitions in 2024.

  • Loans Boxes & Talks – We have a selection of objects that we can bring to you. Looking at objects, wondering at their use, sharing memories and telling stories can help people connect with each other.

  • Cold War Bunker Tours – Come and visit our Cold War Bunker. From gas masks and radiation suits to Geiger counters, maps and emergency procedures, the bunker has been frozen in time since it was abandoned when the threat had passed. The bunker is a reminder of the impact the Cold War and the threat of a nuclear attack had on the lives of the Islanders and the rest of the world.

Who is it for? : Visitors to Jersey

 

 The accessibility and availability of the space like: the exhibition hall is a small building consisting of several small rooms, which is a good use of space. There is not much space between exhibits but it saves visitors walking time.

 

Financial structure: foundation (institution supported by an endowment), Social groups…

 

Ethics and values:  Providing scholars with historical information for Jersey research; working with schools to enable pupils to learn more about the Jersey story through Jersey Heritage; sharing and celebrating their island stories throughout the community.

Vision: Committed to preserving Jersey’s unique culture and heritage.

” We are Jersey Heritage and we’re here to share our Island’s fascinating stories and places.  We’re here to care for our unique history. We’re here to help you find your place in the story.  And we’re here to make sure that these stories keep getting told.”

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