Guernsey Heroes of the Royal Society, 2010

The island was honoured in November 2009 by being the site of the first anniversary lecture under the Society's auspices.The lecturewas One shilling weekly: 350 years of the Royal Society, and was given by Keith Moore, Chief Librarian and Archivist, Royal Society, at the Frossard Centre in Candie Gardens, who informed the slightly bemused local audience that a former Guernsey Fellow had submitted a recipe for cooking cormorant to the Society. They were relieved to discover that this was not a recent event.

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…

June Money Working Papers

The Library is very grateful to have received the working papers of June Money, author of Aspects of War , 'a view of daily life duringthe German Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945,' first published in three volumes between 1993 and 1995. The work, developed in consultation with the Education Development Centre, Guernsey, under the guidance of the working group of GATOH (Guernsey…

Imperial War Museum Paintings

The Imperial War Museum have some interesting watercolours and photographs available online . These complement the Priaulx Library's own extensive collection of photographs and ephemera from the period of the Occupation and Liberation of Guernsey 1940-1945.

Index to the Sark registers

The church registers of Sark are notoriously chaotic and can be hard work for researchers, so we were delighted and very grateful to receive an index to them, long lacking, compiled by Alfred Ewen and A. R. de Carteret, and donated by the Société Sercquaise. The Index was originally presented to the Société Sercquaise by Mrs Allan R. de Carteret in memory of her husband. The index is bound…

Harvey family material donated

The Library is very grateful to have received a donation of photographs of Guernsey and Sark with a connection to the Harvey family , of both portrait groups and local views, dating from the 1860s onwards; some have a Canadian link. The material was given to us by Mrs Dorothy Snowden, of Exeter. This is a valuable addition to our Harvey collection and is much appreciated, and complements other…

Lovell family papers

The Library recently received a superb donation of family and business papers, photographs and newspapers from the Lovell family of Guernsey, a fine addition to our steadily accumulating collection of old Guernsey family business documentation. This extremely varied material, featuring early and occupation newspapers, commemorative programmes, magazines and ephemera as well as some fascinating…

Stuck in the Siberia of France: Charles De Havilland

These letters form the basis of two very interesting articles by André Métayer of the Société Philatélique de Rennes. Charles (1786-1844), Captain in the 20th Regiment of Foot, was captured by the French at Capri in late 1808, and was unfortunate not to be ransomed or swapped. He remained in that miserable limbo, 'the Siberia of France,' as he called it, that was the lot of an officer POW;…

Gaudion genealogy collection

The Library was very grateful to receive a large collection of genealogical research into the Gaudion family, from Nick Gaudion of Guernsey. Much of the material concerns the Gaudions of Alderney, but also includes 58 numbers of the newsletter of the International Association of Gaudions, Parentèle , with translation,spanning 1986-1999, which have now been bound and can be read in the Library, a…

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