Following in the footsteps of the treasured Occupation Tapestry which was unveiled in 1995 on the 50th Anniversary of Liberation Day, Jersey Heritage has this year commissioned an additional panel to mark the 70th Anniversary of Liberation.
Sponsored by Benest & Syvret, the new panel, like its predecessor, has been designed by Wayne Audrain to interpret a number of key themes around the subject of remembrance. These include how Islanders continue to remember the victims of Nazism, acts of heroism and the events of the Liberation itself.
Given the enthusiasm with which the original tapestry was embraced, it is hoped that Islanders shall once again take the chance to make their own stitch in time in order to help future generations understand this important period of Jersey's history. All are welcome to come and add their stitch to the panel.
Commencing at St. John's Parish Hall on Monday 1st June, the tapestry will spend two weeks in each parish. Volunteers will oversee its progress. The tapestry will be accompanied by interpretation panels which tell the newly-discovered stories of evacuees, émigrés and members of the community who have family wartime recollections from counties as diverse as Slovakia, Canada and Australia.
Advocate Nina Benest commented 'Benest and Syvret are delighted to sponsor the development of the Occupation Tapestry to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Occupation. This project has been beautifully conceived, simultaneously evoking our memories of the past and crystallising our aspirations for our beautiful Island and its people for the future. It is a project that truly spans the generations.'