Islands to join forces to develop cultural identity

GUERNSEY and Jersey could soon be working together to develop historical and cultural displays to boost tourism.

Guernsey is rich in history, as evidenced by archaeological finds such as these remains of a Roman wall found under the old Markets building.
Guernsey is rich in history, as evidenced by archaeological finds such as these remains of a Roman wall found under the old Markets building.

GUERNSEY and Jersey could soon be working together to develop historical and cultural displays to boost tourism.

Two joint projects between Guernsey Museums and Jersey Heritage are being planned for next year.

And Jon Carter, director of Jersey Heritage, said working together more as the Channel Islands would appeal to those who do not necessarily recognise the islands independently.

‘We need a much stronger Channel Islands identity. While the conversation about political structures is interesting, it is not necessary to wait to see if or when they are in place in order to work to develop more of a CI cultural identity – we can just get on with it,’ he said.

He suggested that the islands should join forces to make more of their Norman history and artefacts dating back to the Roman era.

Comments for: "Islands to join forces to develop cultural identity"

j

I've been on a few weekend breaks to jersey in the last couple of years and have been really impressed by the way they've invested in their tourist attractions. Gorey castle, the maritime museum, the underground tunnels and the new development by the liberation square are all really well done.

Sometime is look at what there is to do for tourists in guernsey and really wonder what these cruise ships recommend.

More Local Than You

I bet my bottom dollar that the vast majority of people and prospective holiday makers couldn't care less about the culture of Guernsey and Jersey.

This is not to say that I do not care - I am very proud of Guernsey's rich heritage, but tourists couldn't care less - why come to Guernsey when you see the boulevards of Paris, the Pantheon in Rome, the acropylis in Greece etc etc

Prospective holiday makers want:

1) Cheap flights

2) Cheap hotels

3) Good food and restaurants

4) Decent shops

5) Top notch activities

6) Culture

Of which Guernsey doesn't fare well at all and any attempts to market Guernsey as a tourist destination are a waste of time in my opinion.

Jon

I'm not sure about that list. They could get all those things in Paris or Rome too.... and in Malaga and Ibiza.

Do we want to cater to those wanting a cheap beach holiday?

I can't imagine how ruined my island would be if we became the next Malaga!