This year, 2016, is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The greatest surviving record of the event is a work of embroidery on an impressive scale. Known conventionally as the Bayeux Tapestry, it is one of the most amazing artefacts from the Middle Ages and one of the most famous embroideries in the world.
In 1886 Elizabeth Wardle, founder of the Leek Embroidery Society, produced a facsimile of the Bayeux Tapestry. It was an ambitious undertaking which attracted world-wide acclaim. Despite much conjecture there is little evidence to answer the obvious question; why did she do this? There may have been several reasons and using object-centred research this talk explores them all.
Dr Brenda King is a design historian and Chair of the Textile Society. She is a curator and author of Silk and Empire, MUP, 2005; Dye, Print, Stich: Textiles by Thomas and Elizabeth Wardle, 2009 (available from the author) and forthcoming is her global history of the Leek Embroidery Society, 2016.
Time: 13pm – 2pm Doors open at 12.30pm.
Public Lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.
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