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St Albans Cathedral’s Bayeux exhibition

PUBLISHED: 12:57 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 03 July 2018

A medieval mosaic is on display in St Albans Cathedral (photo: Michael Linton)

A medieval mosaic is on display in St Albans Cathedral (photo: Michael Linton)

Michael Linton

Visitors to St Albans Cathedral can see a unique exhibition this summer which has taken more than 30 years to make

Visitors to St Albans Cathedral will be able to see a unique exhibition this summer as a labour of love, taking more than three decades to make, goes on display.

The mosaic recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry, entitled 1066 Medieval Mosaic by artist Michael Linton, was hand-crafted using three million pieces. It took 33 years to create using tiny pieces of steel – appropriately remnants of industrial textile manufacturing.

Historians believe the original Bayeux Tapestry, due to come to Britain in 2020, is missing at least two panels, so the artist has added in an eight metre section highlighting what may be missing from the period from the end of the Battle of Hastings to the coronation of William.

Canon chancellor at the cathedral, Kevin Walton, said, ‘The Norman conquest, told by the Bayeux Tapestry, is very much part of the story of St Albans Cathedral, rebuilt by its first Norman abbot. We are therefore very pleased to be hosting this innovative exhibition, which is sure to generate a lot of interest.’

The world-record breaking mosaic is 64 metres in length and weighs 350 kilos. The free exhibition runs until August 27.


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