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Priaulx to hold Occupation exhibit

Priaulx to hold Occupation exhibit

Tuesday 04 August 2020

Priaulx to hold Occupation exhibit

Photographs of the military and social sides of the Occupation and Liberation will go on display in the Priaulx Library gardens as the annual exhibition returns for an eighth year.

The exhibition items come from both the Priaulx Library’s own photographic archives and the private collection of Captain John Wallbridge, Maritime Historian for the Channel Islands Occupation Society.

“The story of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands is a complex interweaving of military strategy, political pragmatism and propaganda,” said Sue Laker, Chief Librarian of the Priaulx Library. “No narrative however would be complete without the personal accounts of domestic privation, stoicism and even quiet heroism.”

occupation visit guernsey (occupation archive)

Pictured: The Priaulx Library will display a number of photos and artefacts that highlight the many different aspects of the Occupation

“Being able to draw on the expert knowledge of Captain Wallbridge, who has been meticulously researching the naval and logistical aspects of the Occupation for many years, has been particularly fascinating and we are grateful to him for sharing both his photographs and his insight.”

The garden exhibition, which is sponsored by Ravenscroft, will open on August 10 until the middle of October and will be free to enter. There will be additional artefacts on display in the Library’s ground floor, which will be available to see during the usual opening hours.

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