- Starts: 26/05/2020 3:00 pm
- Ends: 26/05/2020 5:30 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.
Heritage Afternoon Tea with Annie Barrows – 26th May
A quintessentially English afternoon tea with a special Q&A session with author Annie Barrows will be taking place at the Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey’s capital town of St Peter Port. Locally referred to as the ‘OGH’ it is known as one of Guernsey’s most historic hotels as its history dates back to 1796 when it was the official Governor’s residence for the Islands. When German soldiers arrived in Guernsey, it was occupied as General Staff Headquarters and, when the war was over, it was enlarged and refurbished.
Annie Barrows, the co-author of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society novel – which follows a London-based writer’s visit to Guernsey, will talk about her aunt’s inspiration for the book and a second special guest will discuss their own experiences of life on the Island during the Occupation. The New York Times bestseller hit the big screen in 2018 starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman, and has been raising awareness for the Islands’ intriguing heritage ever since.
Tickets are £30 per person and you can book by emailing the OGH.