Société welcomes public for local research Open Day

Publish date: 26 Oct 2023

Jersey’s oldest heritage organisation is opening its doors to the public for Islanders to discover more about and get involved with the academic research it carries out as it launches a special award in memory of a local environmentalist.

The Société Jersiaise, an organisation dedicated to the preservation of Jersey’s history, culture, language and environment since 1873, is welcoming the general public for an Open Day on Saturday 4th November.

This event comes as part of the organisation’s celebrations throughout 2023 for its 150th anniversary year.

The Open Day is an opportunity for Islanders to hear from the multitude of different academic disciplines, called ‘Sections’, that the Société represents.

In total, there are 16 Sections at the Société, each dedicated to a particular field of study, which include: Archaeology, Architecture, Bibliography, Botany, Entomology (the study of insects), Environment, Garden History, Geology (the study of rocks), History, Jèrriais, Marine Biology, Meteorology (the study of weather), Mycology (the study of fungi and mushrooms), Numismatics (the study of coins), Ornithology (the study of birds), and Zoology (the study of animals).

Throughout the Open Day, representatives from each Section will make short presentations about their current projects and will be on-hand to answer any questions from attendees.

The Société is delighted that the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, His Excellency Vice-Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE has kindly agreed to officially open the event.

In addition to the presentations, the Société will also be using this event to launch a new award named after and in memory of Nigel Quérée, one of Jersey’s most prominent environmentalists, and a member of the Société’s Executive Committee. The former Senator was passionate about protecting Jersey’s natural environment, with the flooding of Queen’s Valley and the disposal of hazardous waste from the incinerator at La Collette being two prominent issues he advocated against.

The award, consisting of a grant of up to £2,000, is intended to recognise and support relevant research, field work and other projects, and is open to students, citizen scientists, and groups.

Speaking about the Open Day event, Société CEO Rebecca Bailhache said: “We are looking forward to connecting more people with the ethos and activities of the Société. Over the last century-and-a-half, the organisation has been dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the preservation of the Island’s history, culture, language and environment.

“This is vital work, which is largely carried out behind the scenes, so we’re very excited to raise more awareness about the fantastic research of our Sections. For this work to continue, we need an enthusiastic new generation of researchers to get involved and we hope this Open Day will help us find those individuals. We are also very proud to be launching the award we created in Nigel Quérée’s memory, and we look forward to honouring his legacy by supporting projects which help to understand and preserve our beautiful Island’s environment.”

To find out more about the day’s full programme and to register for your FREE place, click HERE.

Latest news

22 May 2024

#LoveNature Festival 2024 – 26th May-2nd June

The Trust is staging its eighth environmental festival - #LoveNature over the half term holidays from 26 May to 2 June.
20 May 2024

New Visitor Films Screening at Le Moulin de Quétivel

The Trust is excited to announce the release of two brand new visitor films screening at Le Moulin de Quetivel, Monday – Friday, 10am – 1pm.
20 May 2024

2024 Sunset Concert dates announced

This year, the Sunset Concerts will be taking place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June and attendees are once again invited to bring a picnic and enjoy fantastic live music in the beautiful setting of Grantez.
15 May 2024

The Norman Market is back in town!

Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche announce that the Norman Market is coming back to Jersey and will take place on the Royal Square from Thursday 23 May until Monday 27 May from 9am to 6pm every day.
Two people do yoga on a beach
13 May 2024

Embark on a wellness retreat at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

Reconnect with yourself and nature with a one-day Wellness Retreat on Sunday, 26th May.
01 May 2024

Greenhills Awarded Tripadvisor’s 6th Best Hotel in the UK & Channel Islands 2024

We are proud to announce that the Greenhills Country House Hotel has been voted as the 6th best hotel in the UK and Channel Islands in the Tripadvisor 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards, Best of the Best Hotels.
30 Apr 2024

One week countdown to the Liberation International Music Festival

Jersey gets warmed up to welcome the sixteenth Liberation Music Festival organised by the charity Music in Action.
26 Apr 2024

La Corbière Lighthouse floodlighting extended.

Ports of Jersey is extending the floodlighting of La Corbière Lighthouse for a further two weeks, until 12 May, in response to popular demand.
25 Apr 2024

New Food & Beverage Manager for Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Five Silver Star Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa is proud to announce the appointment of Nicky Sheard in the role of Food & Beverage Manager.
23 Apr 2024

Enjoy Nature with Walk in the Park this May

As nature awakens this spring, it's the perfect time to wander through the Jersey National Park. The season sees the return of 'Walk in the Park’, featuring an array of guided explorations throughout May to celebrate National Walking Month.
23 Apr 2024

Eat Jersey 2024 raises more than £7,500 in aid of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The Atlantic Hotel is delighted to announce that this year’s Eat Jersey Food Festival raised an outstanding £7,942 in support of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
15 Apr 2024

La Place Hotel and Country Cottages receives British Airways Holidays accolade in recognition of customer excellence.

La Place Hotel and Country Cottages is delighted to announce that it has received a British Airways Holidays Customer Excellence Award for 2023.