Who we are and what we do...
Guernsey Museums & Galleries is part of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture in the States of Guernsey. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British Crown Dependency located in the Channel Islands and includes the islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jethou.
The Museums Service cares for the islands' core collections relating to archaeology, art, natural history and social history. Objects not on display are kept in our reserve collection stores, which may be visited by prior arrangement. We also manage and maintain some 80 historic sites, including Castle Cornet and Fort Grey and have responsibility for field archaeology.
Guernsey Museums & Galleries is a member of the Museums Association and is Accredited under the UK scheme administered by Arts Council England, that sets nationally agreed standards for museums. Our accredited museums comprise Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery, Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum plus Castle Cornet and its five museums. These are all accredited Visitor Attractions under the VAQAS scheme. The Guernsey Telephone Museum closed in 2011. Other museums which operate in Guernsey do not fall under our responsibility.
Alderney and Sark
Alderney Museum is also accredited under the MLA scheme but is separately funded and administered by the Alderney Society. In Sark, La Societe Serquaise mount a changing display at their Heritage Rooms.
Partnerships & Sponsors
Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities
Throughout the world, partnership with the private sector plays an important role in supporting and enhancing the work of museums and art galleries. This is also true in Guernsey, where the Museum has benefited over the years from the generosity of both private and corporate sponsors.
Guernsey Museums & Galleries has a high profile in the islands and rarely a week passes without one initiative or another appearing in the local media. Some indeed have featured in the national press, radio and television. We have responsibility for three castles, seven museums, eighty historic sites and the finds from over 2,500 archaeological sites, some of which are of international importance. The collections include over 50,000 items including some 2,500 pieces of fine art. Exhibits come not only from Guernsey, but from many parts of the world, representing the travels of those who have settled and worked here. We are the major repository of the islands' culture and the guardian preserving it for the future.
A partner has the opportunity to make a major contribution towards the objectives of the Museum, for example by supporting:
- Exhibitions at Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery
- Public Events at Castle Cornet or our other sites
- Conservation projects to preserving the island's heritage
- Educational initiatives to help the island's youth
- Publications to share our work with the wider world
- Enhancements of our sites to increase public enjoyment and understanding
Partners may enjoy a corporate presence in leaflets, posters and adverts. There will be photo opportunities, media coverage and the option for staff and clients to attend special events. Partners can become intimately involved in the planning and design work. Indeed, we welcome sponsorship in kind to utilise the skills and resources of a partner.
The Museums Director maintains an up-to-date schedule of projects which would benefit from partnership with the private sector, or pure sponsorship. We are always pleased to discuss potential projects, both large and small. Please contact the Museums Director for more information.
Our sites and museums are also available for hire for that special corporate or private event - for more information please see the 'Venue Hire' pages in the sidebar, or contact the Visitor Services Manager.
Seasonal Visitor Services Staff
Visitor Services requires seasonal staff to work at Castle Cornet and Fort Grey from Easter to October and at Guernsey Museum year-round. Extra vacancies may occur in the summer holidays, including for Stewards at our summer events. You do not need special qualifications or experience for these posts, but an interest in Guernsey's heritage is essential. These posts will be advertised if there are unfilled vacancies, but if you are interested in working during the coming season, please send your CV to theVisitor Services Manager (via the Contact Us button on the top right of this page).
Working at the Museum
The Museum has a small permanent staff, but vacancies for suitably experienced and qualified persons arise from time to time. Guernsey Museums & Galleries is a division of the States of Guernsey and all vacancies will therefore be advertised in accordance with the latest procedures.