Rediscovering the Bayeux Tapestry

Overview

Do we know all there is to know about the Bayeux Tapestry?

Thanks to an ongoing project of conservation and repair in preparation for its re-display (and possible journey to Britain), new investigation into the very fabric of the Bayeux Tapestry has revealed exciting new information about this medieval tapestry that was created in the wake of the Norman Conquest. New research has encompassed a wide range of specialists, from art historians to archaeologists and even astrophysicists. Together, their work has shown that this thousand-year-old masterpiece still has secrets to reveal. Join us to hear the very latest from the researchers themselves.

Programme details

10.15am
Registration (in-person attendees only)

10.30am
How science can help us understand the Bayeux Tapestry
Michael Lewis

11.30am
Tea/coffee break

12.00pm
Latest insights in the Bayeux Tapestry
Speaker TBC

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
The weft and the warp: analysing the textile of the tapestry
Alexandra Makin

3.00pm
Tea/coffee break

3.30pm
The archaeology of the Bayeux Tapestry
Naomi Sykes

4.30pm
Panel discussion
Chaired by Trevor Rowley

5.00pm
Course disperses

Fees

Description Costs
Tuition - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Tuition - virtual attendance £75.00
Baguette £6.10
Hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Prof Michael Lewis

Speaker

Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum

Dr Alexandra Makin

Speaker

Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Prof Naomi Sykes

Speaker

Lawrence Professor of Archaeology, University of Exeter

Mr Trevor Rowley

Course Director and Chair

Trevor Rowley MA, MLitt, FSA, was formerly Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education and before that Director of Archaeology in the Department. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published many books on landscape history and the Normans, most recently a biography of William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, and an examination of the landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry.    

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms. Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.