THE KIDS’ TAPESTRY UNVEILED
THE KIDS’ TAPESTRY UNVEILED TO MARK
950TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS
Children help to create sequel to the Bayeux Tapestry featuring Shakespeare, Queen Victoria
and the World Wide Web
The Kids’ Tapestry was created by much-loved children’s illustrator Liz Pichon in her signature Tom Gates style and it includes the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066, the birth of William Shakespeare and the end of the Second World War. Children across England are being invited to complete the final panel, the invention of the World Wide Web.
The artwork is unveiled today at the site of the Battle of Hastings, the event that inspired the Bayeux Tapestry, to mark the 950th anniversary of the most famous and arguably most important battle in English history.
The Kids’ Tapestry will tour English Heritage sites over the summer from Queen Victoria’s seaside home, Osborne, on the Isle of Wight to a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Liz Pichon will also lead a series of kids-only illustrator workshops in August, inspiring them to bring history to life with coloured crayons and pencils.
The top 10 history moments included in The Kids’ Tapestry are:
1. William the Conqueror defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings and becomes King of England –1066
2. The sealing of the Magna Carta – 1215
3. The Black Death arrives in England – 1348
4. The Wars of the Roses begin – 1455
5. William Shakespeare is born – 1564
6. Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot are discovered – 1605
7. The Battle of Waterloo – 1815
8. Queen Victoria is crowned – 1838
9. V-E Day marks the end of the Second World War – 1945
10. Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web – 1989
English Heritage is calling upon mini-historians to design the tenth panel – the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee – and complete the tapestry. The nationwide competition opens today, Monday 1 August, and runs until the end of September, with the winning design revealed on the eve of 14 October 2016, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
English Heritage’s Chief Executive, Kate Mavor, said: “The Battle of Hastings is one of the most important turning points in our history and brilliantly captured in the Bayeux Tapestry. But what are the major moments after 1066? We asked children for their views and now Liz Pichon has brought their fascinating and inspiring choices to life. Families can see The Kids’ Tapestry at our castles, palaces and forts this summer and we’re also calling on children to help us finish the story.”
Liz Pichon, author and illustrator of the best-selling Tom Gates series, adds: “The Kids’ Tapestry is the perfect way of engaging kids with history – not only did they get to choose the moments but they will be able to complete the story. The year 1066 is one of the most important dates in English history and I’m really looking forward to seeing what designs kids come up with for the final panel.”
Starting its journey at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex, young and old will get a chance to see The Kids’ Tapestry at English Heritage sites throughout the summer including Osborne on the Isle of Wight, Eltham Palace in London, Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, and Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Fort.
For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can get involved this summer,