Bayeux Tapestry in St Albans

August 8th 2018
By: Melanie
Bayeux Tapestry in St Albans

There was a time when you had to go to the northern part of France to see the World Record Breaking Mosaic of Bayeux Tapestry. But this summer it is has come to St Albans. The St Albans Cathedral has been hosting a unique exhibition. It is a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted in 3 million tiny pieces that are on display and entry to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition is open from Thursday 7th June 2018  until  Monday, 27th  August 2018 Opening times are Monday to Friday: 9 am until 4.30 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 3.30pm and Sunday: 12.30pm – 5.45 pm 

The original Bayeux Tapestry is due to travel to Britain in 2020. The tapestry is an extraordinary depiction of the events of 1066 and the Norman conquest of England.  So this exquisite mosaic form at St Albans Cathedral this summer is a great opportunity to find out all about it. 

The mosaic is suitable for all ages, and you can get up close to the most well-known scenes from the original Bayeux Tapestry. The events of 1066 are revealed in breathtaking detail, including horses, ships and soldiers as well as Halley's comet and the famous depiction of Harold taking an arrow to the eye. 

The World Record breaking mosaic on display in St Albans took the artist Michael Linton 33 years to complete. He used 3 million tiny pieces of steel left over from industrial textile manufacturing and then coloured each piece of the Mosaic with hand painted detail before putting it all together for display. This 64 metre long installation weighing approximately 350 kilograms has deservedly earned its place in the Guinness World Record books as the longest steel mosaic.

There is always something to do in St Albans and seeing the Bayeux Tapestry in a miniature mosaic is just one of the many cultural events to enjoy in St Albans this summer without having to go away.