Making History: 10 year-old completes sequel to Bayeaux Tapestry

  • Illustration shows the invention of the World Wide Web, the final Top History Moment as voted by children
  • Panel completes The Kids' Tapestry, marking 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

Illustrator Kate Arnold with her winning contribution

The final panel of The Kids' Tapestry, which celebrates the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, was unveiled today. The illustration by 10-year-old Kate Arnold from Woking in Surrey was selected as the winning entry. Kate's final panel represents the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, the final of ten Top History Moments as chosen by children.

Revealed in August, the modern Bayeux Tapestry was created by childrens' illustrator Liz Pichon, author of the best-selling Tom Gates series. The tapestry represents key moments in English history, and 10-year-old Kate's brilliant final panel now completes the work which has returned to the site of the Battle of Hastings in time for the 950th anniversary on Friday 14 October. Throughout 2016, we have been marking the year that changed English history with events all across the country, culminating in the 1066 March from York to Battle Abbey which reaches its conclusion on Friday.

Competition winner Kate Arnold comments: "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."

Verity Hope, English Heritage's Education Manager, said: "Children have the best imaginations so it made perfect sense to ask them to finish The Kids' Tapestry. Kate's drawing is fantastic, capturing the excitement of both the invention and its reception. The Kids' Tapestry has toured the country and we hope both it and our competition have inspired children to discover more about the historic moments, from 1066 to the World Wide Web, that make us what we are today."

Liz Pichon, author and illustrator of the best-selling Tom Gates series, adds: "I love how Kate has used her imagination to bring the World Wide Web to life. She's packed in a lot of great detail and her drawing completes The Kids' Tapestry perfectly."


The Kids' Tapestry forms a timeline of key events in England's history, following on from the Bayeux Tapestry in 1066 and continuing up to 1989 with the invention of the World Wide Web.

The top 10 history moments in The Kids' Tapestry as voted by children across the country are:

  • William the Conqueror defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings and becomes King of England -1066
  • The sealing of the Magna Carta - 1215
  • The Black Death arrives in England - 1348
  • The Wars of the Roses begin - 1455
  • William Shakespeare is born - 1564
  • Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot are discovered - 1605
  • The Battle of Waterloo - 1815
  • Queen Victoria is crowned - 1838
  • V-E Day marks the end of the Second World War - 1945
  • Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web - 1989

View the completed tapestry now.

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