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Eureka - History Through Art
A three-part series made for Channel Four Schools which suggests how works of art can be studied as
important sources of historical evidence, as well as for their artistic merit and enjoyment.
Focusing on one picture per programme, it shows how each work tells a story from the period in which it
was created, as well as looking at how art is represented through history.
1: The Bayeux Tapestry
This programme explores the wealth of information the work contains about Norman and Saxon life.
The original Bayeux Tapestry is preserved and displayed in Bayeux, in Normandy, France.
Nothing is known for certain about the tapestry’s origins.
The first written record of the Bayeux Tapestry is in 1476 when it was recorded in the cathedral treasury
at Bayeux as "a very long and narrow hanging on which are embroidered figures and inscriptions comprising
a representation of the conquest of England".
The Bayeux Tapestry was probably commissioned in the 1070s by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror.
It is over 70 metres long and although it is called a tapestry it is in fact an embroidery, stitched not woven in woollen yarns on linen.
Some historians argue that it was embroidered in Kent, England.
The Victorian Replica.
It was the idea of Elizabeth Wardle to make the replica Bayeux Tapestry, now on display in the Museum of Reading.
She was a skilled embroiderer and a member of the Leek Embroidery Society in Staffordshire.
Her husband, Thomas Wardle was a leading silk industrialist. Elizabeth Wardle researched the
Bayeux Tapestry by visiting Bayeux in 1885.
The Society also based the replica on hand-coloured photographs of the tapestry held by the
South Kensington Museum, now called the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
The aim of the project was to make a full-sized and accurate replica of the Bayeux Tapestry
so that England should have a copy of its own.
These programmes are aimed at KS2/3 students.
Ethel: Denise Correy
Emma: Tabitha Becker
Walter: Chris Emmett
Producer: Patricia Williams
Director: Tom Stanier
Production Company: Case Television
Commissioning Company: Channel Four Schools
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