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Weekend Viewing: Bayeux Tapestry History


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Just a short little visit today to point you in the direction of an interesting conversation on the Bayeux Tapestry, hosted by The British Museum.

I love little bits of exploration on topics that have to do with historical needlework. There’s no doubt that the Bayeux Tapestry is one of the greatest extant pieces of historical needlework, so this discussion is right up my alley. I’ve always had a fascination with the Bayeux Tapestry, and I know many of you do, too.

Bayeux Tapestry Video from the British Museum

Earlier this year, British Museum Events on YouTube live-streamed this conversation about the Bayeux Tapestry between Michael Lewis (head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at The British Museum) and Dave Musgrove (BBC History Magazine content director).

The conversation is about an hour long, and it includes some questions and answers at the end. Judging from some of the questions, the audience included many interested in the actual stitching and production of the Tapestry.

It’s a great conversation and it puts the Tapestry very solidly into a clear historical context.

I hope you have a chance this weekend to take out your needle and thread, do a little stitching, and listen along.

Enjoy it!

Have a fabulous weekend!


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  1. I just wondered if you had come across the newly released book by Clare Hunter called Embroidering her Truth about Mary Queen of Scots. I know you will love it and highly recommend it.

  2. Threads of Life – A History of the World through the Eye of a Needle – a book written by Clare Hunter is an interesting read about what we are all interested it – embroidery! Including the Bayeux Tapestry. She is passionate about her subject.

  3. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I was in Normandy 4 times and never went to see this! thanks for the post on this!

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