Any book collector will know and dread the fearful power of the sun. Spines drained of colour, pages yellowed, leather cracked. Making sure this doesn 't happen to our precious books is one of the responsibilities of the staff at the Priaulx Library, and we have recently renewed the film on our large Georgian windows to ensure that the UVF protection for our collection is the best it can be.…
Find My Past and The British Newspaper Archive, invaluable tools for the genealogist, normally only available by subscription, are free to use to all visitors to the Priaulx Library as part of the Digital Priaulx project. Ask at reception!
Art restorer Sally Ede-Golightly has been patiently working on the benign but slghtly shabby features of our benefactor, Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx. The work has been sponsored by Martel Maides Auctions , to whom the Library is very grateful. Osmond is pretty pleased too; he is now bright and positively beaming! To get in touch with Sally contact Ede Conservation.
A departure for the Library; our display cases were used to show off this magnificent collection of silver objects to great effect.
A new book from Extraordinary Editions, The cartographic history of the Channel Islands , will be available to buy next year. Any one who is interested in seeing the book can view it at the Priaulx Library, along with an extensive selection of maps from the book, as well as original maps from the Library's collection, dating from the 16th century onwards, that are featured in the book. Also on…
'All Yours, Pilot’, A History of Guernsey Pilots 1834-1940, by Captain Ian Brouard. Published by Toucan Press (Guernsey), £15.
Certain of the Library resources usually available on the ground floor will be unobtainable from 5-8 June. If you require any if the green subject files during this period, please ring the Library before 5 pm on 3 June, so that staff may locate them in advance. Family files will be available as normal.
Guernsey a hotspot for oldies!
A review of the generous donations made to the Library collection from local and outside sources. We received a large number this year, covering all types of material of local interest, from ciné films to town plans, via newspaper and photograph albums. These donations, open to all our visitors to consult, are invaluable and much appreciated by the Priaulx Library staff and Council and, even more inportantly, by all the researchers who make use of them.
As part of our Exhibition to complement the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Festival, we were honoured to be able to display a miniature in bronze of Gilliatt by E-J Carlier, very kindly brought over to us from Paris by Professor Jean-Marc Hovasse, a leading expert in Hugo studies. The bronze normally resides in the Hugo Museum at the Place des Vosges, Paris. [ Photograph by Becky Nel. ] Emile-Joseph…