Online heritage catalogues merge


Two of Jersey’s biggest heritage organisations have joined forces to make it easier than ever for people to carry out online research about the Island’s history.

The archive and museum collections cared for by Jersey Heritage and the photographic and library collections cared for by the Société Jersiaise have merged and are now available for the first time on the same site at

“The joint online catalogue is the culmination of a number of years of work with the Société Jersiaise to find a way to merge our catalogues and provide a single point of access to the Island’s archive, library, museum and photographic collections. Researchers can now search across the collections of both heritage organisations, allowing them to see documents and photographs that were previously held in different places. Linking up the resources available makes them more accessible to the public, whether they are carrying out research about their family history or on a professional basis.”

Linda Romeril, Director of Archives & Collections at Jersey Heritage

An online search of the catalogue for ‘Gigoulande Mill’ now brings up documents relating to the requisitioning of the mill during the Occupation from Jersey Archive; images of the Mill taken in 1938 from the Jersey Evening Post photographic collection; and images of archaeological excavations at the Mill in the 1990s from the Société Jersiaise photographic collection.

Gigoulande Mill, St Mary. Ernest Baudoux, 1870-87. SJPA/002174

“The new shared online catalogue is great for users and demonstrates the benefits of taking a collaborative approach to cultural heritage in Jersey. For us, this is just a starting point as our mission is to keep improving services and bringing value to our community.”

Patrick Cahill, Archivist at the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive

When a search is carried out for ‘Philip Morel Laurens’, the catalogue will bring together his
Occupation Registration Card, his will and the record of his marriage from the Archive, as well
as a photograph of Philip on a bicycle taken in 1906.

Philip Morel Laurens, 1906. SJPA/000004