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The Leek Bayeaux Tapestry

Sat 21st November 2015
11am-1.30pm or 1.30-4pm

Reading Museum & Town Hall
Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH



Tel: 0207 923 0331

2016 is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the worlds most famous embroideries, which recorded the event. In 1866 the Leek Embroidery Society in Staffordshire created a copy of the French original which is now displayed in Reading Museum. The original in France and the copy have attracted huge interest, debate, intrigue and speculation.

This study visit includes a guided tour of the Leek replica when the many detailed scenes of this historic epic can be viewed and discussed with Dr Brenda King, expert on the Wardle family of Leek and its prestigious embroidery society, and a talk from Leek local historian Cath Walton, who will talk about the lives of the many women who stitched the copy.

The talk will be of interest to social historians, embroiderers and textile enthusiasts.


Situated in the centre of Reading, a two minute walk from the Reading train station and main bus stops.

The museum is situated in what was originally the Town Hall, whose Victorian Gothic facade was designed by eminent architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1875.

Lunch in the museum cafe, or plenty of cafes near the museum.