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The history of Guernsey spans from the formation of its rocks 2.6 billion years ago until the present day, with many events through time shaping the way the island has developed.

We have broken Guernsey's history down into easy-to-view sections. These can be viewed on your screen or downloaded as study or teaching aids by clicking the PDFs below:

  • 2.6 billion to 10,000 BC - the formation of the islands
  • 10,000 BC to 100 BC - the first inhabitants
  • 100 BC to AD 500 - Late Iron Age and Roman Guernsey
  • AD 500 to 1200 - the Dark Ages, Franks , Bretons and Normans
  • 1200 to 1400 - the Middle Ages and the break with France
  • 1400 to 1600 - the Renaissance, Religion and Neutrality
  • The 1600's - the Civil War and the birth of Privateering
  • The 1700's - Wars with France and the heyday of Privateering
  • The 1800's - the Napoleonic Wars, Ship-building and Victorian progress
  • The 1900's - the World Wars and the making of modern Guernse