The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the world’s most famous pieces of medieval art, chronicling the legendary tale of the Norman conquest of England through seventy metres of astonishing 11th century embroidery.
In the late 19th century, a group of talented Victorian embroiderers, the Leek Embroidery Society, undertook the extremely ambitious project of recreating the Tapestry in its entirety, painstakingly reproducing every single detail, stitch-by-stitch, so that the Tapestry's timeless story could be enjoyed by people in England.
Today, their brilliant handiwork, Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry, is held at Reading Museum and displayed in our specially designed Bayeux Gallery.
For many years, we have shared our Victorian replica with audiences across the world via our online version of the Bayeux Tapestry.
This year, we are delighted to share with you a brand-new version of our replica Bayeux Tapestry, incorporating brand-new zoom functionality so that you can enjoy the Tapestry at a higher definition than ever before. Click on a scene below and start exploring.
If you are viewing the Tapestry on a mobile device, be sure to rotate it to landscape, so that you can enjoy the Tapestry's finest details at the best quality possible.
Supported by Museums Partnership Reading and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.