Jersey Heritage’s continuing ‘What Your Street’s Story?’ series of talks has been renamed ‘What’s Her Street’s Story’ in 2019, to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the Island.
The talks, which are run by Jersey Archive and supported by international law firm Walkers, each focus on the story of a woman in the community, as well as telling general stories about an area.
With seven talks already done, there are five talks to run before the end of the year – the final event of 2019 is a talk entitled ‘Naughty or Nice: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives’, which will look at those women in the community who did not have a high profile but had amazing tales to tell.
The sponsorship by Walkers also means that Jersey Archive will continue to open to the public from 9am – 1pm on the third Saturday of every month.
Stuart Nicolle, Jersey Heritage’s Senior Archivist, said: “We are very excited with this twist on our popular ‘What’s Your Street’s Story?’ programme. As 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in Jersey, it feels appropriate that we tell the stories of prominent women who have had an impact on our Island.
“We’re also delighted to have Walkers as a sponsor. With their support, we can continue a community project that has proven very popular with Islanders over the years and raises awareness about the rich history that lies behind the streets of Jersey.”
Alexandra Corner, a Jersey-admitted lawyer and a partner in Walkers’ Jersey Banking and Finance team, said: “Walkers has a long history of investing in female staff and raising awareness of gender diversity. Our firm is led by a female Global Managing Partner and 65% of staff across our ten offices are female. We also have a number of female partners and senior staff in the Channel Islands, who are each recognised specialists in their fields.
“With the centenary of the right to vote in Jersey, we feel that supporting Jersey Heritage’s ‘What’s Her Street’s Story?’ programme is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness, promote gender diversity and make a contribution to celebrating the exceptional women of Jersey.”
Full programme of remaining Archives talks:
17 August – WHSS: Gloucester Street/ various stories
21 September – WHSS: La Route du Fort and Surrounding Streets/ various stories
19 October – WHSS: Green Island/ various stories
16 November – WHSS: Mont Cochon/ Caroline Trachy
21 December – Naughty or Nice: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives