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…

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…

Butterflies and Moths of Guernsey

Dr Monika Shaffer-Fehre has most kindly donated to the Library the updated electronic version of this meticulous and definitive work. Her late husband had been working on a sequel to the first volume which he had intended to publish in 2012 when he sadly died in 2009, and the electronic CD version contains his work up to that date. Michael Shaffer was an renowned expert on the moth family…

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…

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…

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…

A lift for the Library

A lift has now been installed in the Library, together with improved facilities for the disabled. Although the majority of the Library's public areas are at ground-floor level, the newspaper room is one of the most used in the building and is situated on the first floor, while the Council Room is on the second, so improving access will benefit many of those who make use of our Library. This was a…

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