New Exhibition Open
Friday 13th July was a lucky day for the Seigneurie Gardens Trust when they celebrated the opening of a new exhibition on the history of Seigneurs and the Seigneurie. The old building which houses the exhibition is known as the Chapel although it has never been consecrated. Over the last few months the building has been renovated with the masonry repointed, the leaded windows replaced and better lighting installed. Inside large, colourful display panels tell the history of the island’s first Seigneur, Helier de Carteret, in the 16th century through to the Le Pelleys then the Collings family. The life and times of Dame Sybil Hathaway are revealed including the period during the Occupation. The final panels are about our current Seigneur, Michael Beaumont, who opened the exhibition, the work of the Seigneurie Gardens Trust and the wealth of wildlife to be seen in the Gardens. The panels are double-sided with simple flower images on the reverse that can be shown should the Chapel be required for any other kind of event. The renovation work and the exhibition were funded by a grant from the Dame Sibyl Hathaway Trust. The Chapel is open every day between 10am and 5pm and entry is included in the fee to visit the Gardens.