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Concrete In The Frame Art Competition

Tony Pike and Ian Rolls at MP-2
Tony Pike and Ian Rolls at MP-2 | Photo: Stuart Scott

We are announcing a new art competition called “Concrete In The Frame” which focuses on our Occupation heritage, specifically the German fortifications.

From gun emplacements and tunnels to anti-tank walls and observation towers, the fortifications are potent symbols of a dark time in world history. There are over two hundred bunkers in Jersey, so you will not be short of subject matter!

Don’t forget to look out for German concrete on our Napoleonic forts and castles as well – historic structures adapted for 20th Century warfare.

Competition Details

This competition is open to all young people in Jersey and it has two categories: drawing & painting in any media or photographic, with two age groups in each category: 8-12 years & 13-18 years. Prizes are £75 for the winner and £25 for runner up in both categories and both age groups to include Channel Islands Occupation Society membership for one year.

How To Enter

Your work need not be framed and should be no larger than A1 (594x841mm). Entrant's name, age, school, and contact details should be attached to the artwork or photo.

Entries must be received no later than 5 pm on Saturday 30th April at the Harbour Gallery. Your work will be on display until the 14th May, with an option to sell if you wish.

Awards

Your work will be judged by Jersey artist Ian Rolls and JEP photographer (and CIOS Press Officer) Tony Pike and awards will be presented at 6 pm on Monday 2nd May 2016 at the Harbour Gallery, St. Aubin.

We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations of these unique fortifications, hoping at the same time you will want to learn more about them.  For enquiries about the competition please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your interest in our competition and good luck!

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Beijing Baiyi School Students Return

93 students from Baiyi School in Beijing visited Batterie Lothringen on Wednesday and Thursday. Paul Burnal and Matthew Costard were their guides, ably assisted by Matthew's wife Sandra and her friend Stephanie Simmons, who acted as interpreters.

This is the second year that the CIOS has been involved with this visiting school programme organised by Hautlieu School (with the support of the Chief Minister), and it was an excellent opportunity to showcase the Island's unique history as well as the Society's preservation activities.

As with last year's visit, there was keen media interest, with interviews by Channel TV and Radio Jersey.

Batterie Lothringen Book Published

We are delighted to announce the publication of 'Batterie Lothringen'.

Batterie Lothringen book cover
'Batterie Lothringen' by Paul Burnal

This is a complete revision and update of the book which originally appeared in 2002, and represents 20 years of meticulous research by its author, Paul Burnal.

'Batterie Lothringen' is the definitive history of Jersey's only German naval artillery battery, from its formation in 1940 through to the present day.

The book is launched in 2015 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Island's Liberation, and to mark this momentous occasion, the print run will include a limited number of 70 hardback copies.

With over 430 pages, and lavishly illustrated with more than 330 images (including stunning aerial photographs, maps and plans, and many previously unpublished colour and black and white photographs) this has to be one of the biggest books ever published produced about an historical site in the Island Jersey.

'Batterie Lothringen' is scheduled to arrive in the Island during the week commencing 21 December - i.e. just in time for Christmas. The softback copies will retail at £30, and the hardback copies at £45. However, for members pre-ordering before 25 December, the books will be offered at a special one-off price of £27 and £40, respectively.

To order, please contact Author Paul Burnal directly on +44 (0)1534 482894 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 Events Calendar

January
Film: "Hitler's Island Madness"
Wednesday 11th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room
Local History Fayre
Saturday 28th
12:30pm, Jersey Library
February
Hohlgangsanlagen Tour
Saturday 4th
10:00am, Ho4 Grands Vaux
March
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 8th
8.00pm, Société Jersiaise Members’ Room

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Trespass Warning

A word of warning to those who may wish to visit the Channel Islands’ Occupation sites. Most of the bunkers, gun pits and defences are on private property, and if you want to have a look, first obtain permission from the owner. Do not enter without a strong torch or lamp. There are different designs of defences that, from the outside look the same, but once inside, passages may descend without warning. Also wellington boots may be needed as over fifty years of dirt and dust will have blocked up the drains. We would warn you that bunkers on the coast will have been used as unofficial toilets - so beware! Young persons should not enter without an adult, as many bunkers have awkward steps and hidden ducts that can trip the unwary. Bunkers and tunnels that are sealed have been blocked up for this reason and for no other - those of you who hope to find an “Aladdin’s Cave” of war relics are too late, having been beaten to it by the scrap metal drive of the early 1950s.

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