About La Société Guernesiaise


La Société Guernesiaise was founded in 1882 to encourage the study of the history, natural history, geography and geology of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the conservation of the Bailiwick’s natural environment and the preservation of its historic buildings and monuments. In many respects, La Société Guernesiaise is similar to the UK Wildlife Trusts. However, its activities extend into many other areas, including history, archaeology and astronomy.


Membership is open to all individuals, companies and schools. It is divided into 11 different sections, each with a specific interest, and members may additionally join any of these sections, so long as they are currently a member of the main organisation. There may be a small charge to cover newsletters etc. Please refer to the section webpages here for a detailed list of each section’s activities.

If you are interested in the the aims of La Société and Bailiwick of Guernsey and then please join. Apart from financial support, La Société needs broad support in pursuing its aims from as wide a spectrum of supporters as possible. All members receive regular newsletters and the annual Transactions to keep them in touch and you will certainly be made most welcome at any meetings, lectures etc, or by individual Sections.

La Société produces three newsletters each year and publishes the Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise annually. This includes the report from council, the accounts and reports from the sections as well as a variety of papers on subjects of local interest. La Société also publishes books and other associated publications which are of local interest.


As well as meetings organised by individual sections, La Société organises open lectures as well as visits to places of interest in the Bailiwick and to Normandy and Brittany. Details can be found in the newsletter and the front page of this website.

La Société fulfils a valuable role by providing advice to States of Guernsey Departments and answers questions about the Bailiwick from individuals and institutions worldwide.

La Société also runs the Guernsey Biological Records Centre which was founded in January 2003. It is a partnership between the States of Guernsey, Environment Department and La Société Guernesiaise through its environmental consultancy company Guernsey Environmental Services Ltd. It holds biological data primarily for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but with some from the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Chausey Islands and the adjacent French coast. Further details can be found at its website http://www.biologicalrecordscentre.gov.gg

La Société Guernesiaise now owns or leases some 50 separate areas of land, totalling some 320 vergées (130 acres) and owns or manages the majority of the nature reserves on the island. These include the four major reed beds on the island, and some superb orchid fields, which are considered to be some of the best in the British Isles. In addition, La Société manages large areas of land for the States of Guernsey.

The Headquarters of La Société Guernesiaise is located in a wing at the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, in the beautiful Victorian Candie Gardens in St Peter Port. The wing was constructed by La Société in 1986 to commemorate its centenary and was completely refurbished in 2002 as the Frossard Centre. It comprises a 70-seat lecture theatre, which is shared with the Museum, a "Section Room" for use by Sections of La Société, and an office and library. The theatre is fully equipped, with data, slide and overhead projection, 10-foot motorised screen, PA system, etc.

The office is normally open between 10.00 and 11.30 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


A number of organisations, with similar aims are affiliated to La Societe - click here for details. Details about each organisation may be found on their websites.

La Société Guernesiaise
Candie Gardens
St Peter Port
Guernsey, GY1 1UG
Channel Islands
Tel: +44 1481 725093
Fax: +44 1481 726248)


Please note: This e-mail address cannot be used for family history enquiries. All such correspondence must be sent by post to the Family History Section, PO Box 314, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3TG. See the Section's web page.

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Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG, Channel Islands.