Housed within a cluster of meticulously renovated traditional farm buildings and set around a beautiful cobbled courtyard within Saumarez Park, the Folk and Costume Museum is a must-see destination for those interested in Guernsey’s social, economic and cultural history. Less than a 15 minute drive from the town centre of St Peter Port and easily accessible by bus, the museum is access-friendly for all visitors.
The History of Guernsey life
Exhibitions tell the stories of Islanders’ daily life for those at home, at school or working in one of the local industries that dominated much of life on Guernsey until the late 20th century. From a traditional Guernsey farmhouse kitchen through to the 20th century growing industry, the museum offers detailed insights into all aspects Guernsey’s past life.
The National Trust of Guernsey Costume Collection
The Costume Collection Exhibitions are housed within the National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum at Saumarez Park. Set out over two floors, with a lift between floors for easy access, the exhibitions are annually curated by National Trust of Guernsey costume volunteers, under the guidance of Costume Curator, Caro Drake. Drawing from a unique collection of over 8,000 historic dress and accessory items, the displays are of great interest to world-wide followers of fashion, costume and textiles.
The Costume Exhibitions for 2019 focus on elements of the Victorian era, we showcase:
Victorian dress of Guernsey: to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, the displays celebrate times of great economic success for the people of Guernsey, reflected in the costume and dress of the time. Those times, however, were not always happy and glorious, with the untimely death of Prince Albert aged just 42. With a hint of ‘death becomes her’, a selection of mourning-wear and accessories evidence Victorian wealth and grief at this time.
guernsey with a small ‘g’: in partnership with local organisations, the museum is showcasing the ‘guernsey’ and its place within the wider Island knitting industry. The museum tells story of this iconic Island item, from earliest records, to how it still plays a part in the social fabric of the Island today.
When the smoke settles: following the 100 year anniversary marking the end of the First World War, a small display showcases the after-effects for the people of Guernsey, following the events of Cambrai and Passchendaele. Unique to Guernsey’s regiments and people, the items tell the story of how Islanders who fought and stayed behind, faced recovery from the impacts of the Great War.
The Museum Shop
A restored and expanded shop greets visitors to the Folk and Costume Museum for 2019. Offering a wide range of local and traditional gifts for all ages, it is complemented by the original museum exhibition of The Guernsey Kitchen, established in the 1950’s.
2019 Dates & Opening Times:
Tuesday 2 April – Thursday 31 October 2019
Open 7 days a week:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
Sunday: 11am – 3pm
Closed Liberation Day, Thursday 9 May, 2019
Private tours (including School groups) can be accommodated by prior arrangement outside of these times.
Concessions (OAP/Student): £4
Children (7-18) £2 Children (Under 7): FREE
National Trust (Worldwide) and La Société Guernesiaise Members: FREE
Please contact Aly Keeling, Museum Manager:
00 44 1481 255384 (Museum)
00 44 7781 127476 (Mobile)
How to find us:
Saumarez Park, Castel, GY5 7UJ (Perry’s Guide Map 15G2)
Accessible using the following bus routes: 41 and 42
Buses leave the Town Terminus every 15 minutes. Alight from the bus at Saumarez Park.
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