Rainbow in the Library: a home for 'Guernsey's Own' window

The Priaulx Library's St Aubyn room, where we keep our art, social and ancient history and Guernsey French collections, has always been a sunny and peaceful place to settle down to reading or research. It is even more lovely now, however, as it is flooded with colour from a beautiful stained glass window that has been transferred here from its original home at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland. The window was commissioned in 1984 to commemorate the founding of 'Guernsey's Own' 201 Squadron RAF in 1914.

An early photograph of the prison

The Library would like to thank Mrs Sue Westwood for the donation of a copy of a very interesting photograph of the interior courtyard of Guernsey prison, from c. 1870-80, showing very clearly the garden, with a substantial frame for growing fruit or vegetables, as well as the young Magnolia grandiflora, obviously recently planted , that was to grow into a magnificent specimen, now, sadly, lost…

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;…

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…

Hirzel Carey De Lisle, 1836-1911

This booklet, which has been very kindly donated to us by the author, Philip Walters, relates the history of the first vicar of Galleywood, the Reverend Hirzel Carey De Lisle. The author is a Londoner. He was able to indulge his love of history when in 1998 he and his wife moved from the busy metropolis to the village of Galleywood, south of Chelmsford, just at the time the Galleywood Historical…

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…

Guernsey art collections

Paintings and other artwork from Guernsey Museums and Galleries, the Royal Court, and other Bailiwick art collections are available now from the Art UK website . They include portraits of many well known islanders and a very large range of views of the islands, both historical and modern, and are reproduced in high quality. The lavish companion book to this project from the Public Catalogue…

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.

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…

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