The Kids' Tapestry

Kids Bayeux Tapestry

The Kids' Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a famous medieval artefact that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings. It's a bit like the world's first ever comic strip.

To mark the 950th anniversary of the battle, we've teamed up with illustrator Liz Pichon to create a sequel to the Bayeux Tapestry, this time showing the Top 10 Moments from History as chosen by kids.

The Kids' Tapestry is touring the country this summer where you can see it up close at sites like Osborne on the Isle of Wight and Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. The Kids' Tapestry also includes a panel by 10-year-old competition winner Kate Arnold.

A Modern-Day Bayeux Tapestry

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Making the
Kids' Tapestry

We went behind the scenes with Liz Pichon to find out how she made the top moments from history come to life in a modern day tapestry.

Liz explains her ideas behind the illustrated panels which will soon be transferred onto a huge canvas - over 8 metres long - and then revealed at Battle Abbey this summer.

Competition winner Kate Arnold with her winning design

The Final Panel

by 10-year-old Kate Arnold

We ran a competition, asking children across the country to design the 10th and final panel of The Kids' Tapestry. This last panel depicts the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. The winning entry was illustrated by 10-year-old Kate Arnold from Woking in Surrey.

Kate explained: "I love history so my teacher suggested I enter the competition. I wanted to make a really colourful drawing and I thought of how people might have reacted when they heard about Tim's invention. I put in a spider as maybe that inspired the name for the World Wide Web. I was really excited when I heard I'd won and that my very own drawing has made it into The Kids' Tapestry."

Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon is the much-loved children's author behind the bestselling Tom Gates series. Based on real life funny stories that happened to Liz when she was at school, Tom Gates has been translated into 40 languages so kids all over the world can enter his world! The first book in the series won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones' Prize for Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds. 

Liz has drawn the first nine panels onto a huge canvas - over 8 metres long, which we unveiled at Battle Abbey this summer. The last moment was illustrated by 10-year-old Kate Arnold from Woking, following a nationwide competition for kids to illustrate Sir Tim Berners-Lee inventing the internet in 1989.

You can see the Tapestry touring across the country this summer, at sites from Osborne on the Isle of Wight to Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall.

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