Browse through our collection of historic old photos from Guernsey during the occupation, featuring some 'Then and Now' shots, gallery of photos.

 

Thanks to The Guernsey Music Centre Girls' and Youth Choirs and Town Church Choir for providing a very fitting soundtrack.

 

Thanks to Guernsey Museums for kindly permitting us to reproduce some photos from their archive.

 

In Living Memory' is an exhibition in celebration of the 75 years of liberation comprised of a collection of contemporary visual arts, original essays, poetry and first-hand memories of those who survived the war years.

 

Click here to view the interactive exhibition.

 

We remember what was faced by those living through the Occupation, and how incredible the feeling of freedom as a result of Liberation must have been. We also remember that whilst we, in the Islands, have been fortunate with the freedom that we retain, this is not the story across the world.

 

We asked our community to respond in whatever medium they chose to a simple question – After 75 years of freedom, what does Liberation mean to me? The purpose of the brief was to keep it open and allow everyone to respond as they wished. The exhibition shows off the talents and feelings of the people living in Guernsey today. Click here to review the exhibition

Click here to view the interactive exhibition.

 

In spring 2020, a poetry competition was held asking school students to write poems about the experience during Occupation and the joy of Liberation after 5 years. Students from schools across the island talked to their grandparents and learnt about how it affected family members. They submitted poems which were judged by local sixth form students studying English. Online voting was used to identify an overall winner from the nine finalists. Students also had the opportunity to read out their poems on Radio Guernsey in the JKT show.

Click here to see and hear the shortlisted entries.

 

Local chef Mike Pesrin from Guernsey restaurant, Octopus, will be showcasing a classic Occupation recipe but with a tasty contemporary twist for viewers to make at home as part of the commemorations. This dish will use only ingredients that would have been available to Islanders during the Occupation.

 

Click the recipe below to view the steps in detail.

 

Brandi Attewell from B Creative dance brings you a brand new fun and energetic street dance to try at home give it a go and share with us #Liberate75Together.

Step 3 - Learn the moves, watch the dance and copy Brandi's routine at home.

Step 1 - Intro to Brandi from B Creative.

Step 2 - Learn all four moves that make up the dance.

 

Calling all bright sparks! Try our ideas for decorating a stone with some explosions of colour and share at #Liberate75Together.

 

With Liberation Day fast approaching, we are encouraging Islanders to start thinking about how they will be celebrating on the day.

Holding a vintage tea party at home is one of the best ways to get in the spirit with the whole family taking part, and we have some top tips to help you plan the most memorable tea party at home. 

 

So what will you need?

Whether you go old school vintage or patriotic red, white and blue, there are plenty of ways that you can get involved without spending a fortune – or indeed even leaving the house.

From patriotic table settings to homemade bunting, dainty sandwiches and cakes to dressing up, make this an occasion to remember. On 9 May, from 2.30pm, Radio Guernsey will also be playing 1940s themed music to get you in the mood. 

 

What to eat

If you’re hosting a traditional afternoon tea party, then you can’t go wrong with the classics. Sandwiches, scones, cake, and tea. Keep it simple, with cheese, ham or cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches. Why not add some local touches? You could include Guernsey butter, cream and homemade jam for your scones with local beers and ciders on the side.

Don’t forget to check that you have all the ingredients you might need before the day. Get the children involved in baking Liberation themed cupcakes, biscuits, scones or cheese straws.

If you are not making your own then The Guernsey Biscuit are offering Liberation Day Hampers that provide a taste of Guernsey delivered right to your door.

Laying the table

Next you need to set the scene. Dust off your best crockery and tea cups and set the table. Reach to the back of the cupboard and hook out any mismatched vintage crockery – if yours is a bit plain, add some pretty paper doilies of floral napkins for a vintage feel. Set out the cake stands if you have them and sprinkle on some sparkle. Have a look around the house for any red, white and blue accessories, like ribbons, homemade flags and card that can be made into paper chains, place names or flag cake toppers.

Add a vases of flowers, if you are lucky enough to have a garden these are a lovely touch, and bunting is a definite must. If you don’t have any we have lots of ideas in our links below of where you can buy online locally and have delivered or make your own.

 

 

What to wear

Get the whole family involved and raid the dressing up box for a vintage outfit or go through the wardrobe and choose something red, white or blue! If you’re more of the land girl type then it’s dungarees and wellies! Go all out while you stay in and get into the spirit of things. Ladies pin those locks into glorious victory rolls, add a retro bow or headscarf or hide it all under a flat cap! Whatever you do, don’t forget the red lipstick. 

 

Be social!

Share photos of your vintage tea parties on Facebook, including the #Liberate75Together!

 

Useful links

 

 

Read the inspirational poem by Sally Robert and decorate a flag to put in your window for all to see and enjoy!

Over the next week we will share ideas on how to celebrate and commemorate Liberation 75. However you choose to remember the 75th Anniversary of Liberation Day 2020 at home please post all your photos online using the hashtag  #Liberate75Together so we can build a photo album of 'Liberation 75 at Home Together'.

Share how you spent Liberation Day at Home with us by using the hashtag #Liberate75Together

 
Liberation Day Spring Rabbit / Chicken Casserole