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.

As soon as Hitler's forces occupied the Channel Islands in 1940 he ordered a series of fortifications to defend the only British territory he ever conquered. The problem was he never stopped - pouring men, concrete and weapons into the islands. By 1944 his officers talked of the Fuehrer's inselwahn - his 'island madness' and the Channel Islands had become the most fortified place on earth.

Martin Morgan and Chris Denton went on to make this fourth documentary dealing with the fortification of the islands, which was completed in 2012. Again, this documentary was made entirely on - island with an original score by musician Jessica Nash.

This film was shown extensively on the History Channel, all over the world, bringing the story of the Occupation of the Channel Islands to an international audience.

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.

In 1940, carried on a wave of rumour and panic, thirty thousand Channel Islanders fled their homes, their livelihoods and the islands for five long years in exile. Arriving in England with just one small case and only twenty pounds in cash, they were sent by rail across the country from Oldham to Glasgow. Children separated from parents, all cast adrift in an alien culture. Homeless and jobless, the adventures that befell them helped forge friendships the length and breadth of Great Britain which survive to this day. This is their story.

This video formed part of the original trilogy of Occupation films that were made in the early 2000s by a small group of islanders, Martin Morgan, his sister Jane (Holmes) and Chris Denton who together were the Clearvue Projection Partnership.

 

Watch the final episode tomorrow at 6pm here on our website.

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.

In 1941 Hitler deported over 2000 British men, women and children from the Channel Islands to the heart of Nazi Germany. It was a terrifying journey into the unknown and some killed themselves rather than go. Others had just hours to pack one bag, destroy their pets and leave. However, the initial horror of the camps and the struggle to survive in the primitive conditions was replaced with a determination not just to survive, but to thrive, as Hitler's crime created one of the most bizarre episodes of the war.

 

This video formed part of the original trilogy of Occupation films that were made in the early 2000s by a small group of islanders, Martin Morgan, his sister Jane (Holmes) and Chris Denton who together were the Clearvue Projection Partnership.

Watch the different episodes screening over the next few days (until Thursday) at 6pm.

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

In 1940 the Channel Islands became the only part of Britain to fall under Nazi rule. Now in this film Islanders speak from the heart about one of the most extraordinary periods in our history. Reliving in their own words the horror of the first air raids, the shock of occupation and the islands' gradual five year long decent into privation and starvation before experiencing the capitulation of the German forces and the joy of liberation.

 

This video formed part of the original trilogy of Occupation films that were made in the early 2000s by a small group of islanders, Martin Morgan, his sister Jane (Holmes) and Chris Denton who together were the Clearvue Projection Partnership.

 

Watch a different episode every evening this week at 6pm untill Thursday.

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

The Liberation Day organisers would like to thank the following for their help and support:

The Bailiff’s Office, Government House, The Dean of Guernsey, Guernsey Post, Collenette Jones, On Screen Creations, The Guernsey Music Service, Max Wong, The Arts Commission, B Creative, Octopus Restaurant, filmmakers Martin Morgan, Chris Denton and Jane Holmes, Visit Guernsey, The Royal British Legion, BBC Radio Guernsey and The States of Guernsey Communications Team.

Liberation Day Spring Rabbit / Chicken Casserole