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Read about our island

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

As if being a beautiful sub-tropical island paradise is not enough, St Helena has many interesting aspects.

Some of them are mentioned here. If there is something about St Helena that we have not covered please contact us and we’ll try to add it in.

Please note that our Community Pages are not included in the index below.

Long view of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Information Index Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Information Index

Start here…

Pictures Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Pictures

A picture paints a thousand words

Community Pages Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Community Pages

It’s what’s happening…

Subject Index Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Subject Index

These are the pages you are searching for

Picture Gallery Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Picture Gallery

Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

Historic Picture Gallery Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historic Picture Gallery

Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

Slide Show Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Slide Show

Automated picture show in random sequence

Historic Images Slide Show Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historic Images Slide Show

Automated historic image show in random sequence

Today’s Images Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

Image Search Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Image Search

Find images on our site

About This Site Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

About This Site

Some things that will help you use Saint Helena Island Info

Alarm Forest Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Alarm Forest

The place to live

Astronomy Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Astronomy

Dark skies, warm nights

Betsy Balcombe Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Betsy Balcombe

Napoleon’s Friend

Birds Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Birds

Masters of the air

Blogs Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Blogs

Writing about St Helena

Blue Hill Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Blue Hill

Not many have been there

Boer Prisoners (1900-1902) Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)

Home-from-home? Not really…

Bridge Memorial Clock Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Bridge Memorial Clock

Tick Tock

The Briars Pavilion Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Briars Pavilion

Napoleon’s Other House

A Brief History Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

A Brief History

How we got to here

Building St Helena Airport Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Building St Helena Airport

Built and operating

Carnival Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Carnival

Fun in the sun

Castle Gardens Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Castle Gardens

Sit and watch the world go by

Characters of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? Criminal? You decide…

Christmas Celebrations Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Christmas Celebrations

A great time to be here

Chronology Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Chronology

Search our events database

Churches of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Churches of St Helena

And other religious buildings

Cinema Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Cinema

Let’s go to a movie

Classic Cars Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Classic Cars

Travel back in time

St Helena Coffee Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

St Helena Coffee

‘The only good thing about St Helena is the coffee’ - Napoleon Bonaparte

Notes and Coins of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Notes and Coins of St Helena

Money, Money, Money

Communications Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Communications

Getting the message

Comparative History Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Comparative History

Here and there

Our Constitution Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our Constitution

Our supreme legislative document

Country Music Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Country Music

Keepin’ it country…

Cruise Ship Days Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Cruise Ship Days

An unusual hive of activity

Dark Tourism Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Dark Tourism

Visiting the darker parts of our history.

Deliberately Sunken Ships Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Deliberately Sunken Ships

Sent to the bottom

Diana’s Peak Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Diana’s Peak

Our highest point

Diplomatic Wireless Station Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Diplomatic Wireless Station

Or was it spying?

Discovery of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Discovery of St Helena

It’s not that simple

Diving Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Diving

For old wrecks - and anyone else

Duke of Edinburgh Playground Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Duke of Edinburgh Playground

For Kids; For Everyone

Dolphin watching Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Dolphin watching

And other marine activities

Donkeys Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Donkeys

Formerly the backbone of St Helena transport

Do they mean us? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Do they mean us?

Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

Driving in St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Driving in St Helena

Keep left…almost always

Easter Activities Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Easter Activities

Fishing and camping

The East India Company Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The East India Company

John, to it’s friends

Endemic Species Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Endemic Species

They only live here

Exiles Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Exiles

Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

Family And Friends Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

Famous Visitors Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Famous Visitors

Let’s drop a few names

Fishcakes and other food Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Fishcakes, and other food

A taste of St Helena

Fishing Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Fishing

Hook, line and sinker

Fish Processing Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Fish Processing

Exploiting our only natural resource

Our Flag Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our Flag

You may want to salute

The Flax Industry Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Flax Industry

Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

Fly here Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Fly here

The fastest way to get here

Fly Yourself Here Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Fly Yourself Here

Open for visitors

Forts and Batteries Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Forts and Batteries

Defensive military installations

The Missing Fountain Mystery Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Missing Fountain Mystery

Where did it go?

The Friendly Societies Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Friendly Societies

Lending a hand

Geology of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Geology of St Helena

Upon this rock…

Getting Here Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Getting Here

How to travel to St Helena

Ghost Stories of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Ghost Stories of St Helena

Don’t look round, but…

Glossary Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Glossary

Terms used

Government Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Government

For the people, by the people?

The Governor of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Governor of St Helena

The one at the top

The Governor’s Cup Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Governor’s Cup

Racing to St Helena

The Governor’s Hat Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Governor’s Hat

If you want to get ahead…

‘Gravity Rush’ Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

‘Gravity Rush’

It’s all downhill from here

The Great Wood Wall Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Great Wood Wall

Too little, too late

Guns Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Guns

Old and older

Half Tree Hollow Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Half Tree Hollow

Home on the hill

Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio

CQ, CQ, CQ

The Heart Shaped Waterfall Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Heart Shaped Waterfall

For lovers everywhere

The Historic Environment Record Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Historic Environment Record

A catalogue…

High Knoll Fort Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

High Knoll Fort

Important, in the past and today

Historians of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historians of St Helena

Recording our past

Historic Buildings Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historic Buildings

A standing reminder

Historic Buildings In Brief Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown

A sample

Historic Buildings In Brief Country Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Historic Buildings In Brief - Country

A sample

Holidays and other festivals Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Holidays and other festivals

Time to celebrate

Houses Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Houses

A home on the range

How Small Is St Helena? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

How Small Is St Helena?

Stand by to be surprised

Important People Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Important People

They made their mark

Industries Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Industries

It’s the economy, stupid

In This Week Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

In This Week

This Week, in history

Invasion! Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Invasion!

The only time St Helena has been captured

Jacob’s Ladder Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Jacob’s Ladder

Stairway to heaven?

Jamestown Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Jamestown

Where it all happens

Jobs on St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Jobs on St Helena

You want to work here?

Jonathan the tortoise Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Jonathan the tortoise

The world’s oldest land resident?

Lace Making Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Lace Making

Over 100 years of history

The Leisure Park Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Leisure Park

Eat, drink and be merry

Lemon Valley Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Lemon Valley

Everything but the lemons

Levelwood Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Levelwood

Quiet and rural

Could you live here? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Could you live here?

Some of what you need to consider

‘Local’? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

‘Local’?

Isn’t that everything?

Longwood Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Longwood

More than just Napoleon…

Longwood House Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Longwood House

Napoleon’s residence

Lost and almost-lost Buildings Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Lost and almost-lost Buildings

‘In need of some work…’

Lost Ships Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Lost Ships

Our seabed is littered with wrecks

Maldivia Gardens Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Maldivia Gardens

Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

Maps of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Maps of St Helena

Finding your way around

Memories of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Memories of St Helena

‘Well, back in the day…’

The Millennium Forest Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Millennium Forest

Haven’t you grown…

The Mule Yard Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Mule Yard

No longer a place for donkeys

Myths Debunked! Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Myths Debunked!

Everybody knows that…

Our island’s name Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our island’s name

What, exactly, is it?

Napoleon Bonaparte Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Napoleon Bonaparte

His imprisonment, his death, and some things you maybe don’t know about him

Napoleonic Bicentenary Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Napoleonic Bicentenary

A reason to celebrate…

Napoleon’s Tomb Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Napoleon’s Tomb

But not his final resting place

National Flower Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

National Flower

Unique to St Helena

Our national song ‘My St Helena Island’ Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’

Unofficially, at least

National Symbols Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

National Symbols

Official and otherwise

Our Newspapers Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our Newspapers

All the week’s news and views

Nicknames Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Nicknames

Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

Observatories Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Observatories

Monitoring and measuring

On This Day Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

On This Day

Today, in history

Other Military Sites Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Other Military Sites

…and related places

Pantomime Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Pantomime

Oh, yes it is…!

Photography Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Photography

Leave only footprints; take only photographs

Place Names Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Place Names

Some we can explain; some we can’t

Plantation House Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Plantation House

The Governor’s Residence

Postage Stamps Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Postage Stamps

Write me a letter …write it today

Postcards of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

Quincentenary of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Quincentenary of St Helena

‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

Radio on St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Radio on St Helena

A surprisingly large number of stations

Radio St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Radio St Helena

The voice of the island for 45 years

Our (Other) Railway Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our (Other) Railway

Useful; not quite as famous

Reading Sports Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Reading Sports

Home from home

The St Helena Regiment Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The St Helena Regiment

‘The Old Saints’

Renewable Energy Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Renewable Energy

Being a ‘green’ island

RMS St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

RMS St Helena

The last ocean-going Royal Mail Ship

Roads Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Roads

Take me home…

Rollers Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Rollers

Rough Seas

The Run Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Run

Think of it as a long, thin park

Rupert’s Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Rupert’s

So near, and yet so far

S.A.M.S. Radio 1 Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

S.A.M.S. Radio 2 Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

S.A.M.S. Radio 2

The BBC World Service on FM

S.A.M.S. Pure Gold Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

S.A.M.S. Pure Gold

Continuous music

Saint FM Community Radio Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Saint FM Community Radio

News, features and entertainment

Saint FM (2004-2012) Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Saint FM (2004-2012)

The original heartbeat of St Helena

Saint Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Saint Helena

She gave our island her name

Saints Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Saints

Maybe it’s a state of mind?

Sandy Bay Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Sandy Bay

Let’s go to the beach!

Saved Buildings Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Saved Buildings

Almost lost; now restored

‘Seabirds’ Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

‘Seabirds’

Fairy Terns… and others

The Seven Wonders of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Seven Wonders of St Helena

Or maybe there are eight…

Our Sister Islands Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Our Sister Islands

Part of our Territory

Slaves and slavery Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

Exploring Space Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Exploring Space

To the stars and beyond

Speak Saint Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Speak Saint

Understand what Saints are saying

Sport in St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Sport in St Helena

Playing the game

St Helena’s Day Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

St Helena’s Day

Celebrating our island’s discovery

St Paul’s Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

St Paul’s

The Heartland of St Helena

Origins of island surnames Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Origins of island surnames

How islanders got their family names

Go Swimming! Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Go Swimming!

People have been doing it since the Stone Age

Theatres Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Theatres

All the world’s a stage

Time Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Time

Everything on St Helena starts 20 minutes late

Titbits from the records Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Titbits from the records

To amuse and inform

Two St Helenas? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Two St Helenas?

Our mythical sister island

Visitor Information Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Visitor Information

Come and discover our island

Walking St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Walking St Helena

Well off the beaten track

Weather and climate Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Weather and climate

Be prepared!

Get Married Here Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Get Married Here

…a memorable place

Whaling Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Whaling

‘Thar she blows!’

Shopping What to buy Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Shopping: What to buy

A bit of St Helena to take home

What To Do Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

What To Do

The essentials!

Where is St Helena? Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Where is St Helena?

How to find St Helena on a map

White Ants Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

White Ants

A pest by any other name…

The Wirebird Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

The Wirebird

Bird on a wire?

Yachting Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Yachting

A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

Zzyzx Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Zzyzx

Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

Read articles about St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Read articles about St Helena

Articles related to the Island of St Helena

Large island aerial view from the North Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail
Large island aerial view, from the North{a}

Closing Humour Saint Helena Island Info Island Detail

Laugh at funny Island Detail humour LOL Saint Helena Island Info

This is a student’s drawing from 2003, on the theme ‘The Future of St Helena’


Credits:

{a} Tourist Office



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