The importance and quality of Jersey’s Maritime Museum was recognised nationally when it was named Museum of the Year in 1998. The work carried out by Maritime Museum staff and volunteers has been rewarded nationally with the inclusion of five of the historic boats being added to the National Register of Historic Vessels and the National Small Boats Register.
Since the Maritime Museum opened in 1997 the Friends have:
commissioned, bought and donated seven paintings to the Island’s Art collection.
paid for the fitting out of the Boat Shop,
provided funds for the restoration of the 1937 lifeboat RNLB Howard D.
funded the restoration of the 1860s fishing cutter Fiona.
completed the digitisation of the Jersey Shipping Register 1803-1933, which can now be consulted at the Jersey Museum, the Jersey Archive, and the Library of the Société Jersiaise;
and are now in the process of
transcribing the records of the Jersey Merchant Seamen’s Benefit Society, which will be a great help to Family History Researchers.
As an island our history is inextricably linked with the sea, which for generations has provided Jersey with much of its wealth. We believe that the maritime museum is not just a venue for tourists to visit, it is an integral part of our Island community to which volunteers give hundreds of hours of their time and it provides the focus for the educational visits of dozens of classes from Island schools. In short the Maritime Museum reflects the Island's special identity. While the Maritime Museum does provides us with a window on the past, it is intrinsically linked with the future generations of Islanders and in order for it to continue educating and attracting visitors, adequate funding, which will allow Jersey Heritage to update, improve and enhance the museum, is vital.
The Friends of the Jersey Maritime Museum, in partnership with Jersey Heritage, La Société Jersiaise and Jersey Harbours, are working together to sustain Jersey’s proud maritime heritage. Why not show your support – become a member of the Friends of the Jersey Maritime Museum, or take out a subscription to Jersey Heritage.
... is a voluntary society with charitable status set up in 1989 to help Jersey Heritage establish and maintain a Maritime Museum, to encourage its use by the public, and to provide a Learned Society role in maritime subjects. With over 200 members, the Friends research Jersey Maritime History, provide volunteers to assist with Maritime Museum projects and assist with the restoration and maintenance of the Island’s ‘historic fleet’.