The news that the Bayeux Tapestry is set to be loaned to Britain has got people talking about this key artefact of the Norman Conquest. For our latest BBC History Magazine day event, we’ve brought together five experts on the tapestry and the era that created it to share the latest ideas and research about the monumental embroidery. The talks will be followed by audience Q&As and book signings and the ticket price also includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
Venue: St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS
Date: Sunday 17th June 2018
Time: 10am arrival (first lecture will start at 10.30am) – 5.30pm
Speakers: Trevor Rowley, George Garnett, Alexandra Lester-Makin, Leonie Hicks, Michael Lewis
Details: Lectures will be held in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre. Coffee/tea breaks and a buffet lunch will be provided. The venue has full disabled access.
Ticket prices: £70 Subscribers to BBC History Magazine, £80 non-subscribers
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The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest within the context of an identifiable geography. This talk will trace the locations where the events of 1066 (and earlier) occurred.
Trevor Rowley is emeritus fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford and author of An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry.
The Bayeux Tapestry as Embroidered History
The tapestry tells a story of the Conquest which in many ways seems to corroborate the immediately post-Conquest Norman literary accounts, and in some ways does not. The commentary in the margins seems studiedly to avoid the point of the action. Why was the designer so coy?
George Garnett is professor of medieval history at the University of Oxford. He wrote The Norman Conquest: A Very Short Introduction.
The creation of the Bayeux Tapestry as seen from the back
Alexandra Lester-Makin has studied photographs of the back of the Bayeux Tapestry and analysed the threads and stitches in the photos to see what they tell us about the embroiderers and organisation of work. This talk will discuss the results so far.
Alexandra Lester-Makin has a PhD in early medieval embroidery from the university of Manchester. She is also a professional embroiderer.
Depicting the Battle of Hastings: the Bayeux Tapestry and other sources
The Bayeux Tapestry presents a graphic account of 14 October 1066, but its purpose is not to tell us what actually happened. This talk sets the tapestry’s account in the context of other narratives to address how the battle was understood.
Leonie Hicks is senior lecturer in medieval history at Canterbury Christ Church University, and author of A Short History of the Normans.
Myths and mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry
Many assumptions are made about what the tapestry shows and within the embroidery are scenes not easily understood. This talk will unpick some of its myths and mysteries.
Michael Lewis is an expert on the Bayeux Tapestry and a member of the Bayeux Tapestry Scientific Committee. He works at the British Museum, and is the author of The Real World of the Bayeux Tapestry.