Back in June English Heritage launched their fantastic 1066: Year of Norman campaign to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The charity asked children what they thought are the Top 10 Moments in English history from the last 950 years!
Now working with much loved children’s illustrator Liz Pichon, English Heritage has unveiled a sequel to the Bayeux Tapestry, featuring the Top 10 iconic historic moments since 1066, as voted for by children across the country. The tapestry includes the birth of William Shakespeare and the Battle of Waterloo, all drawn in her signature ‘Tom Gates” style.
The artwork was unveiled at the site of the Battle of Hastings, the event that inspired the Bayeux Tapestry, to mark one of the most famous British battles in history. The impressive tapestry will now tour other English Heritage sites throughout the summer holidays, from Queen Victoria’s seaside home to 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.
English Heritage is now calling on all young crafty historians to design the tenth panel – the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee, this will complete the tapestry! The nationwide competition is now open, and runs until the end of September, with the winning design revealed on the 14th October 2016, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. If you have an arty explorer of your own, be sure to join the fun to continue and inspire their education over the break…whilst being outside! What could be better?
“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.” – Liz Pichon
For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can get involved this summer, visit the English Heritage website.