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ART FIX: Record-breaking Celtic coin hoard goes on show

ART FIX: Record-breaking Celtic coin hoard goes on show

Friday 03 March 2023

ART FIX: Record-breaking Celtic coin hoard goes on show

Friday 03 March 2023

The world's largest Celtic Coin Hoard has gone on display this week at the newly-refurbished archaeology gallery at La Hougue Bie.

Islanders can also look back at the more recent past, as two artists call for islanders to share their childhood lullabies to create a diverse portrait of the bedtime songs sung in local homes...

Every weekend, Express presents a selection of exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here's this week's offering...

Unearthing the world's largest Celtic Coin Hoard

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A new exhibition about the island's record-breaking Celtic coin hoard is one of the highlights of Jersey Heritage's 2023 season, which strarted this week as all the visitor sites re-opened daily.

The new exhibition is called 'Searching for Jersey's Celts – Unearthing Le Câtillon II the world's largest Celtic Coin Hoard' and it is housed in the newly-refurbished archaeology gallery at La Hougue Bie. Le Câtillon II was discovered in 2012 and is the world's largest Celtic hoard. The new exhibition explores what might have led people to bury a hoard of 70,000 coins and jewellery in Jersey 2,000 years ago.

A host of collection pieces are included within the exhibition, many of which have never been on display before. There are more coins, torques and ingots from Le Câtillon II, as well as a unique leather purse, which is the only Iron Age example of its kind. There are also coins from Le Câtillon I, which was discovered in 1957 but sold and scattered around the world until Jersey Heritage was able to buy them in 2020, bringing back together the majority of the hoard.

The public can visit the new exhibition at La Hougue Bie reopens which is now open along with Hamptonne Country Life Museum and Elizabeth Castle. Mont Orgueil Castle and the Maritime Museum also return to daily opening.

Rockabye Jersey


Close your eyes and cast your mind back to being tucked up and ready to count sheep as a child... what special lullaby used to soothe you to sleep?

Hoping to find out the answer to that question are the co-creators of The Lullaby Project, Susanne Kudielka and Esther Rose Parkes Heinrichs, who want to create a diverse portrait of the many much-loved bedtime songs that are sung around island homes.

The project will take place over the next two years, culminating in a special as-yet-to-be-announced series of events in 2024.

In the meantime, the artists are asking people to come forward and share their lullabies with them at a series of 'Lullaby Corner' pop-ups at Jersey Library, which will provide an inviting space to share and contribute.

Live at the Blue Note


Laurie Wright and his full band will be performing a very special show at The Blue Note on Saturday 4 March, with support from Monty Taft and Craig Smith.

Laurie Wright is nothing less than a force of nature possessing a raw and genuine talent that many can only dream of. Having graced the stages of Glastonbury Festival at merely 16 years old, you can start to gauge the level of talent that he possesses.

While the global pandemic and various lockdowns saw many struggling, it was during this time that Laurie really turned his life around. He cleaned up his act, and began to seriously focus once more on his music. Starting off with him winning The Libertines' Talented Fans Competition and being called "the next big thing" by Carl Barat, Laurie has now been praised by Liam Gallagher who tweeted: "I've heard him, I like him."

Tickets for the show can be purchased via Eventbrite.

World Book Day

After World Book Day this week, The Lounge for Macmillan Jersey is selling books for 20p until Saturday.

Get spooky with Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein 


From the 1-3 March, the Youth Theatre at Jersey Arts Centre will be recreating the story of this famous novel.

Directed by Hettie Duncan and Nicole Twinam, this production "places Mary Shelley at the heart of the story, as she wrestles with her horrific creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women then, and now". 

Read Express' review of Frankenstein HERE.

Book tickets via the Arts Centre website

Get drawn in...


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, the UK's most celebrated drawing exhibition is in Jersey for the first time.

Having opened to the public last week, the show will run until Sunday 26 March at ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House.

This exhibition reflects a broad scope of outstanding contemporary drawing practice from across the world. Showcasing over 120 shortlisted artworks from the 2022 competition, the breadth of work on offer promises to create a spectacularly diverse display. 

Alongside the exhibition, ArtHouse will be running a programme of talks, workshops and events. Further details and a full programme of events can be found here.

The Island Drawing Challenge


Running alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition, ArtHouse Jersey's five week 'Island Drawing Challenge' starts today. 

Each Friday, ArtHouse Jersey will launch a new drawing theme via social media channels. The theme of the week will speak directly to the core work and focus of a featured local charity.

Charities taking part in the 'Island Drawing Challenge' include Jersey Trees for Life with the theme 'The Wonder of Nature', Beresford Street Kitchen with 'Soul Food', Brighter Futures with 'Families & Loved Ones', Jersey Mecap with 'And Relax...', and Art in the Frame who will share with week with ArtHouse Jersey offering people the opportunity to have an artistic free-for all and draw whatever they please.

Participants are invited to share their drawing on social media using the hashtag #islanddrawingchallenge while tagging @arthousejersey and the charity of the week. Those who would rather not use social media can submit their drawings via email to

A selection of submissions will be shared online each week.

Dial M for Murder


Tickets are now on sale for the JADC's latest production, Dial M for Murder, which will be taking to the stage at the beginning of March.

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Shelia, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of £1,000, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself.

In stories, things turn out as the author plans them to – in real life they don't always...

Tickets are available via the Jersey Arts Centre website.

Pick up your pen...


The charity Liberate is celebrating LGBTQ+ history month with a writing competition challenging entrants to write over 1,000 words with an LGBTQ+ theme.

There are categories for both over and under 18s, and entries are due in on the 16 April. 

Announced in May, the winners will receive £100 Amazon voucher prizes.

Find out more here



During March, the Alliance Français de Jersey is organising several events to celebrate Francophonie.

Francophonie Day is observed on March 20 every year to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.

You can find out more about the local events or book tickets via the group's Eventbrite page.

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