Documents & Maps
The Museum has a modest archive of original documents which date from the 18th Century onwards. This includes naval communications, Privateering letters of Marque, books and some civilian accounts ledgers. The archive also holds numerous military communications including Guernsey Militia and Royal Guernsey Militia Light Infantry Regiment ( WW1 ) letters, Daily Orders and reports. A small collection of early vellum documents dating back to the 14th Century is also held - these mainly comprise rente documents.
A small number of local newspapers from the late 19th and 20th Centuries are held as well as an almost complete set of those issued during the German Occupation 1940 - 45. Many documents, magazines and paper miscellanea from the German Occupation period are also retained.
Whilst key pieces from the Document Archive are used within the displays of all our Museums the vast majority of material is retained within the Reserve Collections for research and future display.
Digital copies of documents to which the Museum Service holds Copyright may be used for publications or other commercial purposes. Interested parties should follow the link on Image Rights.
A substantial number of documents are also held by the Island Archives Service and the Priaulx Library.
Maps, Charts and Plans
The Museum boasts an extensive collection of large format maps, charts and plans. These include plans of local fortification as well as maps of the whole and parts of the island from the 17th Century onwards. The collection also features posters, public notices, newspaper placards and a wide variety of other types of material.
Charts from the 18th Century onwards detail the waters around Guernsey, the Bailiwick, the Channel Islands, the English South coast and West coast of France from a variety of periods. Maps of other areas of the world can also be found.
Digital copies of maps, plans and charts to which the Museum Service holds Copyright may be used for publications or other commercial purposes. Interested parties should follow the link on Image Rights.
A substantial number of maps and plans are also held by the Island Archives Service and the Priaulx Library.