Thousands see Alderney tapestry on its tour

AROUND 2,000 people have admired Alderney’s tapestry during its tour of the 1066 celebrations.

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Pupils from Berkhamsted Girls’ school admiring the Alderney Tapestry when it was displayed in the town as part of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

The 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings saw the tapestry panel exhibited in the historic towns of Battle and Berkhamsted.

While on prominent display at Battle Museum for two months it was seen and admired by over 1,000 people. From there it moved to Berkhamsted for two weeks and was visited by over 900 people, including many schoolchildren.

Alderney’s 10ft community-stitched tapestry features an imagined final panel to the famous original.

History teacher Lucy Simson said ‘Alderney’s tapestry stimulated exciting history lessons for pupils in the local area.

‘Year 7 pupils from Berkhamsted Girls’ School have enjoyed researching the Bayeux Tapestry. The Alderney Tapestry shows the pupils how the Norman conquest is still important and relevant today, and through studying it, the pupils are engaging with a broader debate on how historical sources are produced and for what purpose.’

The roadshow continues with displays in Guernsey and Jersey and next year possibly again in France.