* Kate Russell, founder and project organiser of the Alderney Bayeux Tapestry, is awarded a BEM for Services to Heritage and Culture in Alderney and Normandy. The tapestry was exhibited during the Summer of 2014 at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum where it was seen by 141,458 visitors.
*2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest and our Tapestry will be exhibited at several historical sites in the Channel Islands and across the UK:
Guernsey Candie Museum: September to December 2016 (high resolution replica)
Historic Museum of Battle: March to end August (High resolution replica)
from 2 September until 31 Oct 2016: the Original
more locations to be confirmed shortly on this page.
* High Quality Alderney Tapestry Gift Items
To raise the necessary funds, we have produced a range of high quality gift items which you can buy at the Alderney Library, the Alderney Museum, the Alderney Centre, Richards Newsagents and the Airport Buffet or order to be delivered to you anywhere in the UK. More information
here View photos.... Thank you for supporting this exciting project.
* Exciting set of stamps
The Alderney Tapestry community project - has been commemorated with a beautiful set of postage stamps released in 2014. The different scenes feature on a new series of stamps printed on cotton - which we believe has never been done by any other postal administration in Europe.
The stamps are on sale at the Alderney Post Office. A great collectors item!
The Alderney Bayeux Tapestry Finale
It measures just under 3 metres in length and 50 cms in height – compared to the original Bayeux Tapestry which extends to 68,38 metres. Yet, Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry Finale has made a big impact on all who have been involved in creating this superb community project. It has captured the interest of the worldwide media and has fascinated hundreds of people who have been involved in the creation of this unique version.
Is this the end of the Bayeux Tapestry?
“It is a little known fact that the Bayeux Tapestry is incomplete. The famous embroidery tracks in 58 scenes the events of the Norman conquest leading up to the Battle of Hastings, but runs out before this period of history reaches its conclusion: the coronation of William the Conqueror in London on Christmas Day in 1066”..
Widget Finn – Weekend Telegraph, 10 November 2012.
In fact, most experts now believe that a piece between 8-10 feet depicting the coronation of William I would have been included in the original work.
Channel Island Alderney delivers a grand Finale
This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest. But what really happened after the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066?
In fact, most experts now believe that a piece between 8-10 feet, depicting a scene of the coronation of William I, would have been included in the original work.
However, an embroidered panel produced in the Channel Island of Alderney has delivered the missing chapter with a plausible conclusion.
Alderney's final chapter, embracing its strong and historic Normandy connection,features the coronation of William at Westminster Abbey and concludes with the construction of the White Tower using stone imported from Caen. View photos...
Community project turns into biggest stitch-up
The project was conceived of by three Alderney residents: Kate Russell who originated the project, artist Pauline Black who produced the designs and Robin Whicker who created the inscriptions, using the Latin current at that time. and, assisted with expertise from Oxford-based Jane Bliss, the creators Kate Russell and Pauline Black decided this should become a true community project.
On 1 Feb 2012, Kate Russell and Pauline Black completed their first stitches which were followed by thousands and thousands of stitches added by over 400 individuals from and off the Island of Alderney, who made Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry Finale one of the biggest community projects of its kind. View photos...
Among the stitchers were Their Royal HighnessesThe Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall who visited the island on 20 July 2012 and were presented with a special embroidery of the tapestry representing the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. View photos...
On 28 February 2013, this unique and ambitious masterpiece, was finally completed. On Friday 5 April 2013, when Alderney's tapestry was officially unveiled on the island by the curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum , Mme Sylvette Lemagnen, and the President du Conseil de la Manche Monsieur Jean François Le Grand, Alderney's Bayeux Tapestry finale instantly received their seal of approval.
From 1 July until 9 September 2014 Alderney’s Finale was exhibited in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum under the same roof as the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry and was seen by over 140,000 visitors. Alderney’s Finale has created so much interest that a high quality replica of the tapestry has been retained by the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.
Now the original is back in Alderney on permanent display in the Alderney Library, but this year it will be taken on a roadshow to be exhibited at different historic locations in the Channel Islands and the UK.