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Historic local headlines to go on show at Priaulx Library Garden Exhibition

From shipwrecks to royal visits, this year’s Priaulx Library Garden Exhibition will showcase some of the stories that have shaped the Bailiwick’s history.

After a hiatus last year, the exhibition, which is once again sponsored by Ravenscroft, will make a welcome return and the theme for this year is 125 years of the Guernsey Press.

‘The Guernsey Press has been an invaluable part of the Guernsey community since it was established in 1897. We have covered the Priaulx Library Garden Exhibition since they began and know how popular they are so to be featured at this year’s exhibition is a real privilege and we’re grateful to the Priaulx Library and Ravenscroft for making this happen,’ said Guernsey Press editor James Falla.

‘We’ve put together a selection of iconic images and news stories that revisit some of the most memorable moments from the past century, but we’ve also included unique insight from the reporters and photographers who were on the ground, which makes many of the pieces all the more special.’

Sue Laker, chief librarian at the Priaulx Library, said that previous exhibitions had attracted thousands of people.

‘We choose themes which will be of interest to visitors and locals alike and it is a wonderful way of attracting people to the library and showcasing the enormous collection of the Bailiwick’s history. Newspapers are a fragile inheritance and an invaluable source of social history. Our digitisation programme aims to preserve the content of our unique newspaper collection for future generations.’

This is the ninth year that Ravenscroft has sponsored the garden exhibition.

‘Ravenscroft’s involvement in island life through our sponsorship and support of sport, charities, schools and events is considerable and the Priaulx Library Garden Exhibition is one which always generates lots of lovely comments,’ said group managing director Mark Bousfield.

‘Many of the stories on display show the strength, resilience and resourcefulness of our island community and it’s these same traits that have helped us through the past two years so it seems fitting that this year’s exhibition celebrates what makes Guernsey so special.’

The Priaulx Library Garden Exhibition, which is free to attend, will run all summer with the grounds open. Displays within the library will be accessible during normal opening hours which is 10am – 5pm from Monday to Saturday.