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The Bayeux Tapestry

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(UNG: University of North Georgia)

(The Bayeux Tapestry, A 224- foot tapestry from the 1070s depicting the Norman invasion. UNG has acquired a full-size replica.)

Tim May: (Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters) The University of North Georgia acquired this replica of the Bayeux Tapestry from the honorable Judge Ed Wheeler. He was fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry when he saw it in France and commissioned a replica of it which is almost exact scale. So the tapestry is a wonderful device for teaching, for vividly showing life in the 11th century. It depicts the mundane, the ubiquitous, as well as really important events such as the Battle of Hastings in 1066 in which the Normans conquered England.

Lara Tuttle: (Graduate from Department of Visual Arts) I've done samples of embroidery in her textile class and I know how tedious and time-consuming it is and the patience you have to have so thinking of how the artists created an embroidered piece of this 225-foot-long work just amazes me.

JoMarie Karst: And coming down to organize on the front form

[laughter and indistinct chatter]

Student: A battle looms.

Student: A battle looms on this side too.

Karst: How are the rings doing coming out of the box?

May: The university plans to take it on tour of all the campuses so that all students can be able to see it. As well as opening up so that the high school, middle school students can come and then perhaps even taking it on a tour of some local schools or maybe working in partnership with local museums or historical societies like the Northeast Georgia Historical Society.

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