News & Events

January 2012 "Telling Tales" sells out!

All copies of Telling Tales have now sold - hopefully a second edition will be available later in 2012.

05 Oct 2009 - New book - "Telling Tales"

Susan Ilie's first book, "Telling Tales" featuring Guernsey news, views, ideas, snippets and gossip from the early to mid-1800s, will be available to purchase from booksellers and this website from early November 2009.

The book, with a foreword written by Sir Geoffrey Rowland, The Bailiff of Guernsey, also features over 20 reproduced prints from the period.

Some of the proceeds of the sale of the book will be donated to The Friends of the Priaulx Library, Guernsey. Proceed to shop.

30 May 2009 - Centenary Celebrations in Guernsey - Denys Corbet

Local poet and artist's works go online 100 years after his death

A new official web site dedicated to the life and career of Guernsey poet and painter Denys Corbet has launched exactly 100 years after his death.

The Trustees of the Corbet Family Channel Islands Collection (CFCIC), which is based in Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada, has launched the site to celebrate the life and works of the internationally renowned Guernsey poet and painter. Denys Corbet, once more noted for his naïve style paintings of Guernsey cows, bulls and horses is now gaining recognition for his poetry written in Guernsey French or Dgèrnésiais as it is also known. His most famous works include "Les chants du drain rimeux" and "Les feuilles de la foret". Denys died of age related illness on 21st April 1909. He was in his 83rd year. Christian Corbet, CFCIC Trustee, said "Denys influenced the poetry world by remaining true to his ancestral tongue and writing in a language that was known primarily to be spoken and not written."

"For the first time some of Denys Corbet’s poetry has been translated into English and now through the web site can be read by people around the world. Denys poetic works have recently brought him to the forefront by scholars who are interested in reviving the almost lost language," said Mr Corbet.

The new web site will for the first time, include English translations of Denys' famous Guernsey French poetry, a forensic analysis, timeline and photographs among other insightful information.

For more information of the founding and continuing development of this web site or the CFCI Collection please visit: or email

The website has officially launched

Census forms detailing the lives of 36 million people in England and Wales in 1911 were made available to view on ancestry website

The 1911 census is the oldest from which the original forms were kept and the first to record full details of British Army personnel stationed overseas.

It covered England and Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, plus Royal Naval and Merchant Navy personnel who were on their vessels.

Eighty percent of the available records from England have been uploaded and the rest will go online in coming months.