The Significance of the Bayeux Tapestry by Professor Gale Owen-Crocker

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5th August 7:00pm
Event Finishes
5th August 9:00pm

About this event

Part of the Abbey 1000 Celebrations and the Museum's The Abbey of St Edmund: Artisan and Pilgrimage Exhibition.

Medieval Tapestries

Made within 50 years of the foundation of Bury’s Abbey, the Bayeux Tapestry is a unique survival of Anglo-Norman embroidery. Instantly recognisable today, it is often treated frivolously by cartoonists. This generously illustrated talk will explain the importance of the Tapestry as a textile, a historical document, an artwork, a text and a graphic narrative. It will show why, when the pictures celebrate the Norman Conquest of England, the design is considered to be an English creation; and it will consider whether there are any subversive, pro-English elements hidden in full sight.

Some frequently-asked questions will be considered: Why is it called a ‘Tapestry’ if it is an embroidery? Who was it made for? Where was it intended to hang? How did it get to Bayeux? Why are there nude figures in it? Who made it? In relation to this last question we will consider different aspects of ‘Making’: conception; design; the logistics of sourcing the materials, the weaving and spinning of them, the dyeing of embroidery threads, the provision of working space; the draftmanship of transferring drawings to the cloth; the embroidering of the cartoon; and the almost invisible stitching together of the 9 separate section.

Starts: 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Tickets: Adult £5, Full Time Student £4

Booking: Essential - use the Book Tickets link above or call 01284 758000

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