Burg Altena, Germany
Jersey Heritage Trust

(09.04.2003 , United Kingdom, Jersey JE2 3NF )
Pathfinders launched at Jersey Museum

Pathfinders – an exhibition first

The latest event in the Jersey Heritage Trust Portuguese culture series is an exhibition at the Jersey Museum. The exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of the Portuguese tradition of emigration throughout the world seen in Jersey, focusing specifically on the story of Jersey’s Portuguese community.

It is a little–known fact that the Portuguese community of Jersey is one of the oldest in the British Isles, and that this community is the latest in a long tradition of immigration to Jersey. The exhibition illustrates how the Portuguese came to Jersey in the 1950s, mostly from the Island of Madeira, to work in the hotel and catering industry. Later, following the Bretons, they worked in agriculture, and today we now see people of Portuguese origin who have been born and educated in Jersey.

‘They’re not all from Madeira!’

Who are the Portuguese of Jersey? Where do they come from? The Portuguese of Jersey are a very culturally varied group, with origins ranging from mainland Portugal, Madeira, Azores, Angola, Venezuela and Brazil. This list is not comprehensive. The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the fact that here in Jersey we have a mix of ‘Portuguese’ people with many different origins, customs and reasons for choosing Jersey as their home.

‘Not just in Jersey and not just in Portugal either’

There are Portuguese communities all over the world. Many of them are represented in Jersey but some are not. The exhibition will show the places around the world where Portuguese people live.

This exhibition has been made possible with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The exhibition runs from 18 February to the end of October.

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