Michael Linton's Bayeux Tapestry: 1066 - A Medieval Mosaic and Puzzles
Famed Tapestry at Science Alive
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- Publication: Christchurch Star
- Date: 01-07-2005
A medieval-style mosaic featuring Bayeux Tapestry images — including its missing pieces — is on display at Science Alive.
Recreating the Bayeux Tapestry has been a labour of love for Geraldine knitwear manufacturer Michael Linton, taking him more than 25 years to complete.
The tapestry tells the story of the Norman conquest of England and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. More than 70 scenes are embroidered in eight colours onto a seamless strip of linen, although the last quarter of the piece has never been found.
"It is important to learn about because it is our history," Linton said.
Linton has recreated the known pieces of the tapestry as a mosaic using pieces of metal as tiles. He has also painstakingly recreated the missing pieces, which have never been recovered, with the help of his daughter Rachael Linton.
The work is on display at Science Alive until September and will be of interest to historians and people who like puzzles.
The beginning and the end of the tapestry holds a code and if someone can break it Linton will give them an original panel from the piece.