The Société Jersiaise was founded in 1873. It promotes and encourages the study of the history, the archaeology, the natural history, the language and many other subjects of interest in the Island of Jersey.

It works with the Jersey Heritage Trust and the Jersey Museums Service, and provides information and volunteers.

The Société aims to ensure the conservation of the Island's natural environment and the preservation of Jersey's historical buildings and monuments. It has an immense collection of artefacts, books, paintings, photographs and maps of the Island.

It publishes books and articles on topics of local interest and houses exhibitions and displays of work. Through the Barreau Art Scholarship, it encourages contemporary art by young Islanders.