Rural – Jersey Country Life Magazine

WHAT’S YOUR HOME’S HISTORY?

From flats and cottages, to townhouses and country residences – every building has a history. And now Islanders are being offered the chance to uncover the stories behind their homes as part of new community project.

Jersey Heritage is looking for people to nominate their homes for its ‘Your Home, Your Story’ project for a series of free talks starting in 2023. 

If a home is chosen, staff at Jersey Archive will research its past and delve into the stories about the surrounding area and the people who lived there. 

Stuart Nicolle, Senior Archivist at Jersey Heritage, explained that all people need to do is to fill in a nomination form giving details of the name of the property, exactly where it is and why it should be chosen.

He said: ‘We want people to nominate all types of homes, from flats and cottages, to town houses and country residences. You might want to get together with neighbours and nominate your estate or block of flats. 

‘We will then pick eight winners and each talk will include a section about the property in question, as well as details about the neighbourhood.’

If a home is not chosen, Jersey Heritage still encourages Islanders to visit the Jersey Archive and, with staff assistance, carry out research on their property. 

‘We’re also planning to use one of our Saturday morning openings in 2023 to help as many people as possible research their property history,’ Stuart added. 

How to enter

‘Your Home, Your Story’ nomination forms are available at Jersey Heritage visitor sites and Parish Halls and can be posted to Jersey Archive, Clarence Road, St Helier, JE2 4JY. 

An online form is available at www.jerseyheritage.org/yourhomeyourstory and nominations can be emailed to archives@jerseyheritage.org

The closing date for nominations is 9 December 2022. The chosen homes will be announced in January 2023 and the ‘Your Home, Your Story’ talks will take place on the third Saturday of the month throughout 2023.

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