Apart from the obvious of having a good and experienced guide, we also believe that there are many ways in which to achieve this. Simple things like pictures and maps have been used by guides for ever since printing was invented to help explain to the guided. Photographs came along and prints were held up to see. So why when the world has gone digital don’t we use that? We do!! Our tour vehicles are equipped with TV screens so that we can show pictures, photos and maps to enhance the story that we want to tell as we are telling it. Even something simple like a moving map like you find on an airline flight lets you know where you are as we go around Jersey!
Out of the tour vehicle, we use an iPad Pro which holds so much more data that could ever be included on laminated photos and maps tucked into a rucksack. And it is so convenient, and if properly indexed, capable of finding anything in a flash.
It is not just technology that we think is important. In telling stories, there is nothing better than a relevant prop to help explain something which is not as familiar to some of the listeners as others. So that is why we have a collection of props which you can handle.
It might be a stone axe-head or flint arrow heads from the stone age (found in Jersey) to Reichsmark notes, which were forced upon Islanders in the German Occupation. As a significant part of Jersey’s history is military based, we also have a collection of original and replica weaponry and armour which would have used by attackers, as well as by Islanders (and Occupiers) to defend themselves. In showing our guests these props, we believe that they should also be able to handle them. There is nothing like learning how heavy a medieval helmet would have been nor how big some of the swords used actually were!