The Bayeux Tapestry

We are excited to hear that the Bayeux Tapestry is set to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it could leave its shores for the first time in 950 years.

The tapestry - which is stitched rather than woven, making it technically an embroidery - depicts the Norman Conquest of England. It tells the story of the future William I's conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066. 

Its origins remain unconfirmed, but research suggests it was probably designed and constructed in England by Anglo-Saxon artists; the Latin text contains hints of Anglo-Saxon; other embroideries originate from England at this time; and the vegetable dyes can be found in cloth traditionally woven here.

Its not due to be loaned until at least 2020, subject to the outcome of tests  to make sure the 11th Century artwork is safe to move.

Fingers crossed...