The Photographic Archive of the Société Jersiaise contains over 80,000 images dating from the mid 1840s to the present day and is the principal Jersey collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century photography. The Island of Jersey has played host to a rich photographic history as a territory lying on the cusp of Britain and France, two cultures that were prominent the development the medium of photography itself.
Notable photographers represented include Charles Hugo, Thomas Sutton, William Collie and Henry Mullins, accompanied by a wealth of local and immigrant photographers. Together the collection offers both a detailed representation of Jersey and Channel Islands History throughout the photographic era and a fine cross section of the historic processes of the medium.
Since 1994 material has been database catalogued and made accessible to researchers. The Photographic Archive Online Public Access Database (OPAC) containing over 35,000 image records is now available via this website. Researchers who wish to visit in person are welcome to search the catalogue on the public access computers located in the Lord Coutanche Library on the second floor of the Société Jersiaise building.
Prints and Enlargements
Photographic enlargments of images from the collection can be purchased, made to order.
A4 laser-prints of images and records from the database are also supplied to researchers for reference at a cost of:
- £1.50 for Société members
- £3.00 for non-members
Separate charges are made for commercial publication, broadcast or exhibition and requests for image rights should be directed in writing to the archive through completion of the Application to Reproduce Form
Image search and scanning fees are charged at the following rates:
- £15 per hour for Société members
- £30 per hour for non-members