Tomlinson Room

26th August 2015
The Tomlinson Room (the Library Family Research Room), will be closed until Wednesday 2 September 2015. This is due to unavoidable building work. The Priaulx Library apologises for any inconvenience caused to visitors. The Library itself remains open as usual from Monday to Saturday, 9.30-5.00; it will however be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31 2015.

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;…

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.

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…

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.