Annual Bulletin 2022

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The 2022 Annual Bulletin is now available for members in the Island to collect from the Société Bookshop at 7 Pier Road, from Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. For overseas members, your copies are already en route.

The Zoology Section setting up a harp trap to study bat populations in Jersey.

In this issue, we bring you updates on the research activities of the Société Sections and developments within our departments and collections. We also have articles covering the environment, art, maritime, military defences, horticulture and more.

Lauren Rose explains how research into the brown seaweeds of Jersey indicates their huge blue carbon potential. This could help mitigate climate change as well as create exciting new opportunities for seaweed harvesting.

In the 19th Century, the sea offered rather different opportunities to the people of Jersey. Frank Le Blancq reports on the harsh living conditions, challenges and camaraderie of the mariners whose efforts contributed to the Island’s success as a trading centre. 

Artist Robert Hills made several visits to Jersey in the early 1830s to paint and sketch the countryside. Philip Stevens has traced and described and his work, reproducing selected images which just predate the advent of photography.

Should we feed wild birds to encourage their breeding and survival? Harriet Wigginton investigates the benefits of the supplementary feeding of the small and vulnerable population of Cirl Buntings at Grouville.

In 1826 Bonnie Prince Charlies’ granddaughter Victoire found herself living in a non-too-comfortable Jersey farmhouse. In Part 2 of her study of Jersey’s Stuart connections, Marie-Louise Backhurst traces her colourful life and often precarious fortunes.

La Roque Point has been a strategic part of Jersey’s military defence for centuries. Giles Bois considers the evidence for the Tower and other structures on the site of La Rocque.

Patricia Jackson delved into the Cutbush family photographic archive at the Société Jersiaise and describes the development of the gardens at Ponterrin in the 1930s, under the expert guidance of nurseryman Leonard Cutbush FRHS.

Rounding off the issue Marie Trippet and Andrew Hall ask who was Aunt Elizabeth of Edmund Blampied’s painting ‘Tante Elisabeth’. Then Chris Aubin reviews Hamptonne and the archaeology of vernacular houses in Jersey Warwick Rodwell’s seminal work on the iconic 16th-century farm complex and vernacular architecture in Jersey, published by the Société Jersiaise in 2022.

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