Meet Catherine, Museums Manager at the National Trust for Jersey.

My role as Museums Manager is to oversee the Trust’s visitor attractions: 16 New Street Georgian House and Le Moulin de Quétivel, Jersey’s only remaining working watermill. It’s a multi-faceted role which involves navigating the challenges of preserving and showcasing some of the island’s most special historical landmarks, ensuring they remain not only physically intact but also vibrant, engaging spaces for visitors.

What do you love most about living in Jersey?

I love being close to nature – walking on the North Coast with my dog, Dennis, swimming in the sea (my favourite beach is Plémont) and watching the sunset at St Ouen. When I want to escape it all, I head to the cliffs at Grosnez. I love the open skies and views across to our neighbouring Channel Islands on a clear day.

North coast cliff paths, St. Ouen's at sunset and Plémont Bay

What would a perfectly festive weekend in Jersey look like for you?

One of my responsibilities at the Trust is to oversee the festivities at 16 New Street Georgian House, including working with a team of volunteers to decorate the whole building from head to toe with natural greenery. With more than 2,000 visitors expected during the months of November and December, my idea of a perfectly festive weekend is to spend it at home – away from all of the hustle and bustle of New Street – relaxing with my family.

How can visitors get involved with the National Trust for Jersey during the winter months?

Visitors can engage with the Trust this winter by coming along to 16 New Street, which is open every Saturday in the run up to Christmas. We also have a range of festive events happening such as Christmas concerts and, of course, Father Christmas at 16 New Street. If you are interested in supporting the Trust’s work protecting Jersey’s historic buildings and natural beauty, you could join as a member or purchase your Christmas presents from our Christmas shop at 16 New Street.  If you are visiting from the UK this Christmas, don’t forget to bring your membership card, which gives you free access to National Trust properties in Jersey too.

Traditional Jersey granite farmhouse - Morel Farm

Did you know that you can also stay with the National Trust in Jersey?

If you’ve been inspired by Catherine’s charming island life, then why not plan a visit? The National Trust for Jersey has a number of delightful properties available to rent, including the newly refurbished Morel Farm, a Grade 2 listed farmstead in the heart of Jersey’s beautiful countryside. The property comprises a farmhouse, pressoir (cider barn), boulangerie (bakehouse) and several other outbuildings. It now offers three luxurious self-catering accommodation units which can be rented separately or as a whole for bigger get togethers with family or friends.

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