About the Photographic Archive

Jersey 80s Fotos

Did you look good on a dance floor in 1984? Do you have a photograph to prove it? Well we want to hear from you! The Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive in partnership with Jersey Heritage is launching an appeal to the Jersey public to submit photographs taken in the 1980s. The Société Jersiaise collects photographs for the benefit of the island to preserve a vital visual record of our heritage for future generations. Although the archive contains some records of Jersey landscape and architecture from the 1980s, very few images of the community are included.

In 2017 a major exhibition at Jersey Museum titled ‘Bergerac’s Island’ will tell the story of the 1980s in Jersey. Bergerac, the highly successful BBC detective series ran 87 episodes from 1981-1991 and placed Jersey firmly in the imagination of the British public. Even now, 35 years on, it remains as one of the strongest links with the island in people’s minds. But the exhibition is about much more than TV drama. The 1980s were a period of major development, change and globalisation. The decade began with the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. John Lennon was assassinated. Margaret Thatcher was in power throughout the decade. Argentina invaded the Falklands. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster hit. The first hole in the ozone layer was identified. The miners went on strike. Seatbelts had to be worn by law for the first time and medical scientists identified the Aids virus. Locally, an electricity cable link to France was approved. The States of Jersey voted to flood Queen’s Valley. Budget surpluses were reported owing to the growth of the finance industry. The tourism industry continued at high levels. New legal limits for alcohol consumption and the use of breathalysers were approved.

1980s – 2016 how have we changed?

We are looking for photographs that reflect the lifestyles of the 1980s. A collection of these images will enter the permanent digital photographic archive and the ten best photographs will be selected by the celebrated British Photographer of the 1980s Martin Parr; Gareth Syvret, Photographic Archivist at the Société Jersiaise; and Louise Downie, Community Learning Director at Jersey Heritage. What is more, the subjects of the ten best photographs will be invited to be re-photographed by Jersey Photographer Danny Evans in the same pose in 2016! Gareth Syvret Photographic Archivist said: ‘We are interested in all aspects of life and every section of the Jersey community in the 1980s, from celebrations and successes through to the challenges and changing fashions, habits and ideas that defined the decade.  Amateur and professional images are welcome and if members of the public have their own photographic archives or collections of photographs by family members or other people we are keen to hear about them.’ Ten pairs of 1980s – 2016 photographs will be included in the Bergerac’s Island Exhibition at Jersey Museum in 2017. So go on, get involved, and get searching your archives of the 1980s now!                                 

How Can You Contribute?

You can submit your photographs in two ways:

1. Digital Submission: Scan and upload your photographs to our dedicated facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jersey80sfotos/ Please include as much information as you can but at the very least: your name and the names of all the people in the photograph; the date; and the location and event or occasion.

2. Loan Your Photographs to us. Please download a loan form here: Jersey_80s_Fotos_Loan_Form.pdf or collect a form at: Société Jersiaise, 7 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 4XW. Tel. 01534 758314. E. photoarchive@societe-jersiaise.org. Please deliver your photographs, which must be marked or labelled on their reverse and accompanied by a completed form in a sealed envelope, to the above address.

All photographs must have been taken in Jersey in the 1980s!

Closing date for submissions is: 30th June 2016.         

You must be the photographer of any photographs you submit or have the permission of the copyright holder to do so.  

Image: Youth Fashions in St Helier, May 1980. Published in Jersey Focus.

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