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;…

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.

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…

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…

Queripel family research

Daphne Queripel has very kindly donated to us her family history research, which concentrates mainly on the Queripel family through the 19th and 20th centuries, and which complements the Pedigree charts of the families of Gordon Percy Queripel & Daphne Elizabeth Le Cras: including: Le Prevost, Machon, Brehaut, Jehan, de la Mare & others, which is already on our shelves. The new files,…

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…

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…

French delegation visit the Library, May 2013

The link with this part of France and Guernsey is historically very strong, with a fundamental part of the original social and cultural institutions of the island being based in this region, and we hope to build on this already firm foundation and expand and strengthen our linguistic and genealogical links in the years to come. On show were our newspaper collection—seeing the Battle of Waterloo…

The Library welcomes the Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex took a tour of the Priaulx Library as part of a two-day Bailiwick visit. They saw displays of 18 th - and 19 th -century material relevant to local history and some of the finest pieces from the Library's collection of rare books, including a mediaeval Book of Hours . Members of the team who installed the Library's new lift were proud to meet them, and…

Recent donations 2012

Calling all film buffs! Guernsey Filmmakers has donated to us its archive,consisting of a scrapbook of press cuttings since the club's inception in 1966, which will be kept updated, and an archive of all the clubs on DVD, which can be viewed in the Library (with headphones!). So get watching! Patrick Devaney has kindly donated to us a collection of prints of drawings of Guernsey by Brian…

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