- Starts: 25/04/2020 9:00 am
- Ends: 14/06/2020 5:00 pm
The Islands of Guernsey are located in the English Channel, just 30 miles from the Normandy coast. All five of these beautiful Islands have a great deal of WWII history as they were the only British territory that Hitler conquered and were occupied by German forces for five years from June 1940. The number of fortifications and carefully preserved time capsules that still exist for modern day visitors are both astonishing and fascinating, making the Islands the perfect place for history buffs and newbies alike. 75 years ago, on 8th May 1945, Winston Churchill announced the end of the war in Europe and the Islands of Guernsey were freed on the following day which has since been annually celebrated as ‘Liberation Day’ on 9th May. It gives Islanders a chance to rejoice in their freedom and reflect on those who had to endure the hardships that the Occupation brought with it.
As 2020 will mark 75 years since the Islands were freed, a special 7-month long festival called ‘Heritage75’ will be running from 1st April until the end of October. 75+ heritage themed events will take place in Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney and Lihou. From themed tours and guided walks to exhibitions, family fun days and exclusive site openings, visitors will be able to delve into a wide range of experiences. The Islands of Guernsey are proud to be part of the Liberation Route Europe and featured events will be published right here on the Europe Remembers website while the full list is available at visitguernsey.com.
Liberation75: Freedom Not Forgotten
The Guernsey Arts Commission is proud to present Liberation 75: Freedom Not Forgotten, a community project to create a public exhibition as part of Heritage75. Having asked individuals, community groups and school groups to submit pieces of art in response to the title, the Arts Commission will be using these to create a free, outdoor, public exhibition trail for this commemorative event. The Arts Commission has asked the community to create the artwork which will tell a story about the past, present and future in our home islands.
Head to Candie Gardens in St Peter Port, Guernsey between 25th April and 14th June to see it for yourself!
This exhibition will also incorporate poetry works from a pan-island Schools’ Poetry Competition where Guernsey school pupils are being encouraged to write a poem describing what it was like on the Islands of Guernsey during the German Occupation, or a poem in celebration of Liberation. Click here for more information.