The Human Story of the Sea
Our visitors will be amazed by the view as they enter the final and largest area of the museum where the story of people and their relationship with the sea is told through a number of dramatic exhibits and real objects. A large golden cod suspended from the ceiling represents the wealth which was brought to the island by local vessels which sailed to Canada every spring to fish for cod before returning to Jersey with cargoes from South America and the Mediterranean. An enormous animated globe charts the voyages made by local people to every corner of the world, some to trade and others to seek new homes. Voices from the past describe aspects of each journey as their ship passes over and around the globe. New animated features have been added for 2014.
On the way down to explore these exciting exhibits you will find portraits of some of the most important and interesting figures in Jersey's maritime history. You will also have an opportunity to step onto the deck of an ocean-going vessel where you can have a go at rope and knot work, essential skills for any sailor. Step inside the cabin and you can feel the pitch and toss of the ocean and learn how sailors coped with living at sea, often for months at a time. Among the many other themes explored in this last gallery are navigation, shipwrecks, harbours, fishing and smuggling where, as throughout the whole museum, real objects are complemented by fascinating activities designed for visitors of all ages.
A new exhibit for 2014 is the shipwreck display featuring objects lifted from the seaebd associated with the Napoleonic era warships Determinee and Havick, and the Occupation period ship the SS Schockland.
The beach hut installation is also new for 2014 and looks at various aspects of beach life in the island over the years.