Museum helps with tapestry

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Viewing the Hastings Embroidery

Rye Castle Museum has recently been working with Bridgepoint Tapestry Project. This involved a group of museum volunteers explaining selected panels of the Hastings Embroidery, which has been on show at Bridgepoint, to many local school children. With help from Rye’s Community Transport local schools were able to visit the Tapestry Project during the past few weeks.

A well-scheduled transport system meant all of Winchelsea School and Beckley School were transported to Bridgepoint and in half-hour sessions were shown round the impressive Hastings Embroidery, which commemorates the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Rye Primary also viewed the embroidery and were able to walk in the pouring rain to the event. Several private schools also came along.

The embroidery consists of 27 panels showing key points of British history from 1066 to 1966 when the embroidery was made. The museum ladies had chosen several panels to explain in more detail to the children, many with a local link of interest. Over the course of the past few weeks more than 400 children have been able to view the Tapestry Project with great enjoyment.

Many thanks are due to the Museum volunteers and to Bridgepoint who had set up the exhibition. There is one last chance to see the Hastings Embroidery as the last viewing date is this week end, October 12 and 13.

The future of the Hastings Embroidery is uncertain, it will probably have to go back into storage, so visit if you can, to see the hard work of the Royal School of Needlework and the impressive history of Britain captured in a unique way.

Image Credits: Rye Museum .

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