Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bringing Bayeux to Britain

~from The Telegraph
The famous embroidery of the 1066 Norman Conquest is the subject of a major conference of world experts being held at the British Museum next month.

Feted as the most famous cartoon strip of history, the tapestry was made in Britain but never displayed here and now historians believe we should take advantage of French president Nicolas Sarkosy’s friendship with Britain and ask for the chance to bring it home...

...Mr Beech agrees that the Bayeux Tapestry should be displayed in Britain but fears there would be a battle with Bayeux to move it across the Channel to Canterbury.

“I would have no objections at all,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea.

"But I’ll say immediately that the people of Bayeux might resist. There was an exhibit on French Romanesque art at the Louvre and they wanted to get the tapestry but it couldn’t be moved because it is too large and there are too many problems involved in moving it around.

“However, if the tapestry could be rolled up and shipped, I think it would be in the interests of the French to have it shipped over so that more English people could see it.”

However, other experts believe the 68-metre long tapestry is too fragile to be moved and that to do so would destroy the tourism industry of Bayeux.

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