NEWS: Discover the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene and follow online the 70 meter-long embroidered canvas which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066
In 2018 plan were underway to exhibit the entire Bayeux Tapestry at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2022. Unfortunately, a full examination of the fragile textile uncovered numerous small holes, delicate spots and unstable parts. Following this, the Mayor of Bayeux formally accepted to loan the textile if the V&A would finance the reparation at a cost of €2 mill. Since then, negotiations have been at a standstill.
However, to make amends, the Museum has recently offered access to a fully digitised version of the tapestry in high resolution. For the first time, you are able to freely explore the entire Bayeux Tapestry scene by scene with a never seen quality of images ! This project has been led by the City of Bayeux and the DRAC Normandie (Ministry of Culture) with the assistance of the “Fabrique de patrimoines en Normandie” who photographed the embroidery. The high resolution images were then reconstituted by the University of Caen and the CNRS. This panorama is the reference image of the S.D.I.S tool (Spatialized Documentary Information System), produced to assist scientific research on the work, and to give access to a rich documentation to the public in the future museum.
The resource may be found here
Step into the engrossing story of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066, told in a 70 meters long embroidery. With a visit to the museum, you can discover the complete Bayeux Tapestry, study it close up without causing damage to it, and understand its history and how it was created thanks to an audio-guide commentary available in 16 languages. A commentary for children is also available in French and English. A permanent exhibition on the first floor and a film will enrich your visit.
As usual, the sharing of this wonderful tool with the public is garnished with a number of solemn prohibitions. One of which is, that it is not even allowed to share the link without posting the following: “Official Bayeux Tapestry digital representation · Eleventh century · Credentials: City of Bayeux, DRAC Normandie, University of Caen Normandie, CNRS, ENSICAEN, Pictures: 2017 – la Fabrique de patrimoines en Normandie”. Hereby, this is done.
Bayeux Tapestry – Duke William Shows his face (scene 55) Source: Wikipedia