A team of volunteer embroiderers and textile enthusiasts have been meeting regularly at Norwich Castle, to create a giant tapestry which tells the story of two East Anglian rebellions against William the Conqueror.
Examples of the work in progress are on display at the Festival, near the entrance to the Gallery. Take a close look at the medieval style stitch work and read more about the history behind the artwork.
If you visited the Festival in 2019 you may remember seeing the early stages of the project. A year later, there is much more to see as the team works towards their goal – a 20 metre long tapestry that picks up English history where the Bayeux Tapestry ends.
The Norwich Castle Tapestry project is part of a two year, Heritage Lottery Fund supported plan to reinstate the castle’s medieval keep and to build a new visitor entrance, café and shop.
The Tapestry Project includes the creation of medieval banners, costumes and interior furnishings, which means more sewing and crafting volunteers are needed.
You can meet members of the project team, have a go at embroidery and applique (no experience necessary) and find out how you could become involved, on Tue 11 Feb – Thu 13 Feb and Fri 21 Feb – Sun 23 Feb.