Spring 2016 edition of The Review is out now

The Review of the Guernsey Society

In order to mark the 950th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest, this edition includes a reprint of an article ‘Guernsey and the Norman Conquest’ by Professor John Le Patourel, written in 1966 to mark the 900th anniversary. Stephen Foote explores the story of the 1948 Channel Islands Liberation postage stamp, and its role in reviving the post-war tourist industry. We also include the first in a series of WW1 correspondence from a Canadian Guernseyman, Reginald Ollivier, serving in the trenches in France, recently deposited in the Island Archives.

This edition’s book reviews include John McCormack’s Channel Island Houses and Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands, German Occupation 1940-45 by Gilly Carr, Paul Saunders and Louise Wilmot.

All in addition to the usual Island News and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year, and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here - Index of Articles.

 

 

 

Winter 2015 edition of The Review is out now

The Review of the Guernsey Society - Winter 2015The Winter 2015 edition of The Review is out now.

This edition contains an account of life and a death aboard one of William Le Lacheur’s ships, the Costa Rica Packet, Stuart Thompstone’s fascinating tale of how four Guernseymen played a key role in the development of Russia’s textile industry, a story of the 1941 St Pierre du Bois football team in exile who won the cup and the league in their adopted home, and Simon Went’s overview of the military importance of Guernsey over the last 2000 years.

All in addition to the usual Island News, Book Reviews and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year, and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here – Index of Articles.

The Summer 2015 edition of The Review is out now

The Review of the Guernsey Society - Spring 2015The Summer 2015 edition of The Review is out now. This edition contains an account of chairman Keith Le Page’s trip to visit his Australian cousins, news from Brock University in Canada about a statue of Guernseyman Sir Isaac Brock, a recently-discovered poem about the evacuation of Alderney by E. Parry, John McCormack’s revisits the question of the Roman names for the Channel Islands, the final part of Sam Clapp’s article on Catholic priests exiled in Guernsey during the French Revolution, and Stephen Foote’s account of publishing the new G.B. Edwards biography by Edward Chaney.

All in addition to the usual Island News, Book Reviews and Membership News – including the recent win against the Jersey Society in this year’s Boules Muratti.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year, and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here – Index of Articles.

Spring 2015 Review is out now

The Review - Spring 2015 The Spring 2015 edition of The Review is out now. This edition contains an article by Baroness Pitkeathley based on her recent talk to the Society in London, Dorothy Dowding’s reminiscences of working at the Guernsey Press at the time of Liberation, Geoff Falla’s account of the Guernsey ‘Meteor’ and Earthquake of 1843, the second part of Sam Clapp’s article on French Catholic priests exiled in Guernsey, an article by Stephen Foote ‘Defoe’s Guernsey Lake’, a short history of La Grande Mare, and Michael Paul’s account of an early Battlefield tour in the 1920s. There has been a flood of new books to review many with a WW2 theme: including the diaries of Lieut Desmond Mulholland and Dr Alaistair Rose, and Patricia Best’s memoirs of her experience as a child evacuee. We also review the recently-published diary of a young Englishman, Andrew Mitchell, who visited to the Channel Islands in 1866, edited by Susan Ilie and John Le Dain. All in addition to the usual Island News and Membership News. The Review is distributed free to members three times a year. For more details see The Review. A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here – Index of Articles.

Winter 2014 Review, WW1 Centenary Edition – is out now

The Review - WW1 Centenary Edition
This month sees the distribution to members of a special WW1 Centenary Edition of The Review.  This special bumper edition is 88 pages long, more than twice the normal length of The Review, and contains a range of articles marking the contribution that Guernsey made to World War I.

The first half of this issue focuses on the actions of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, inspired by the Battlefield Tour organised by the Society in September 2013. In addition to summarising the major actions of the RGLI, there are articles contributed by members of the tour about their relatives who took part.

It also contains accounts of Guernseymen who made a contribution to the war in a wide range of other ways, including two of our founders: Sir Donald Banks’ account of the Somme, and Air Commodore Brock’s account of his experience in the Royal Flying Corps. There are also articles on Major Weir Williams who fought in Gallipoli, and Lieut Ralph Durand, the Priaulx Librarian who started the war with the Royal Fusiliers and finished it working for MI5 in Italy.

If you would like to find out more about the RGLI, we can recommend Liz Walton’s new book on the subject, published by the Guernsey Museum to mark the centenary, a review of which is included – and if you are interested in joining our next Battlefield tour, there is an account of the 2013 experience by David Le Conte – and details of how to register for the next tour in September 2015.

This special edition is available for sale to non-members for £10 excluding postage & packing, or you could join the Society for £12 and get a copy for free!

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Summer 2014 edition of The Review is out now

The Summer 2014 edition of The Review is out now – containing a range of articles on Guernsey past and present.
The Review of the Guernsey Society - Summer 2014

This edition contains the story of Cockleshell, a boat designed by Jonty Sherwill’s grandfather, AJ Barber in 1926, and still going strong. It contains two differing stories of French exiles in the island – Stephen Foote’s tale of Protestant ancestors persecuted in the 1680′s and Sam Clapp’s account of Catholic priests persecuted during the terror of the French Revolution a century later. Peter Keeling tells of a recent visit to Africa with his Guernsey-based charity ‘The Friends of Katete’.

There is also exciting news of a campaign for a Blue Plaque for our founder Sir Donald Banks, a very distinguished Guernseyman, as well as the imminent publication of a revised and updated version of Peter Johnston’s ‘A Short History of Guernsey’, to be published by the Society in October.

All of this in addition to the usual members news, a summary of the recent news from Guernsey and book reviews.

Full details can be found on The Review page.

The Review is published three times a year, and is sent free to all members.

An index of articles from past reviews (1945-present) can be found here, together with details of how copies can be obtained.

Spring 2014 edition of The Review is out now

The Spring 2014 edition of The Review is out now – containing a range of articles on Guernsey past and present.
The Review of the Guernsey Society - Spring 2014

This edition contains articles on the Winter Storms earlier this year, the amusing story of unscrambling an ancient mystery by Darryl Ogier in “The Blanchelande Donkey”, tales of Guernsey’s past from Philip Green, “The Forgotten Army”, an account of Guernseyman Ted Hampton’s exploits in the Far East during WW2, as well as articles on Elizabeth College and Victor Hugo.

All of this in addition to the usual members news, a summary of the recent news from Guernsey and book reviews.

Full details can be found on The Review page.

The Review is published three times a year, and is sent free to all members.

An index of articles from past reviews (1945-present) can be found here, together with details of how copies can be obtained.

The Summer 2013 edition of The Review is out now

The Summer 2013 edition of The Review is out now.

The Review of the Guernsey Society - Summer 2013 This special edition contains the winning entries from our Schools’ Competition “Occupation Words”, as well as articles on St Sampson and the Breton Influence from Darryl Ogier, details of member Francis Paul’s film career and as part of our series of articles on the Society’s history to mark our 70th anniversary, there are a series of profiles of our founder members, as well as the usual Island News, Book Reviews and Membership News.

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