Launch of a new Occupation Tapestry Panel
Jersey Heritage has commissioned a new Occupation Tapestry panel to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation. The original tapestry was unveiled twenty years ago and is now a much-loved Island treasure with every parish having been involved in the creation of this wonderful community artwork.
The new panel has been designed by Wayne Audrain, designer of the original Occupation Tapestry. The themes for this panel are remembering victims of Nazism, remembering acts of resistance and recording how the Island has marked Liberation Day over the years. From the right we have the Bailiff and the Lieutenant Governor representing the governance of the Island, the Liberation sculpture and to the left of that the symbolic handshake with the Mayor of Bad Wurzach. In the foreground there is a young couple taking a selfie – making a reference to the modern world.
The panel depicts Liberation Day celebrations and veterans as well as the Lighthouse memorial and the medal awarded to Albert Bedane for saving the life a Jewish woman during the Occupation. It includes the Westmount memorial and the distinctive shape of a German observation tower. The faces in frames are of some of the people who lost their lives as victims of Nazism, such as Canon Clifford Cohu and Louisa Gould. They will be depicted in black and white against the vivid sky that echoes that of the original tapestry.
The new tapestry will tour around the parish halls over the course of this special anniversary year. In every parish, Islanders will have an opportunity to add their stitch to this new panel and view an accompanying exhibition of Occupation stories.
For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer stitcher, please contact Louise Downie, Community Learning Director at Jersey Heritage on 633327.