Rediscovering the Bayeux Tapestry


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

Registration (in-person attendees only)

How science can help us understand the Bayeux Tapestry
Michael Lewis

Tea/coffee break

Latest insights in the Bayeux Tapestry
Speaker TBC


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

Tea/coffee break

The archaeology of the Bayeux Tapestry
Naomi Sykes

Panel discussion
Chaired by Trevor Rowley

Course disperses


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


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


Prof Michael Lewis


Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum

Dr Alexandra Makin


Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Prof Naomi Sykes


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.    


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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 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.