Local History

A very good year: donations 2016

5th January 2017
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.

Guernsey on the Map

18th September 2015
This extremely popular book, released under the Library's own imprint, has been reprinted and can be bought from the Library for £15. The high production quality and content of the publication is exactly the same as the previous edition. The exciting new books by the Priaulx Library's Chief Librarian, Secret Guernsey and Guernsey through time , published by Amberley Publishing in 2014 and 2015,…

Recent donations

The Library is very grateful to have received donations of books and documents from various sources. These include: material relating to the conviction of Gill and LeBlond for 'treachery' in 1941; transcripts of letters from Captain McCaskill to General Small concerning the death in a duel of Major Byng in 1795, kindly donated by Charles Dace, the archivist at Wrotham Park, Byng's family home; an…

New stamps

The Library is very pleased to have supplied the images for a super set of stamps issued by Guernsey Post. The six stamps feature images chosen by the artist from the Library’s Carel Toms Collection of photographs. We are sure they will prove popular with collectors as well as those with an interest in the Second War. The Guernsey Press are asking for help to identify the people shown in the…

A Priaulx Library first?

Christmas 2008 saw us feature a selection of letters and excerpts of seasonal interest from our collection. This electic mix included a couple of letters dated 1799 from the teenaged William Pierre Le Cocq, spending a miserable Christmas away from his Guernsey home at boarding school in Chesham Bois in Buckinghamshire. In the first letter to his parents, he makes the following observation: I must…