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Medieval tapestry tells historic tale
Northeast Georgia History Center to display replica of Bayeux artwork in Gainesville
The only hand-painted, full-size replica of the 224-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry will be on display from Oct. 10-17 at the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville. It depicts historic events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.

A 224-foot-long replica of the Bayeux Tapestry acquired by the University of North Georgia in 2014 will be on display Oct. 10-17 at the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville.

Created in the 1070s, the original, embroidered Bayeux Tapestry is considered a masterpiece of medieval art that depicts historic events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.

The replica at UNG was commissioned in the 1980s by Dr. E. D. Wheeler, a retired judge and former dean at Oglethorpe University, and was hand-painted in acrylic on linen by artist Margaret ReVille.

The replica will be on public display for free at the history center, at 322 Academy St. NE in Gainesville. The exhibition coincides with one of the seminal historical events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, the Battle of Hastings on Oct. 14, 1066.

On Oct. 11, the center will feature the replica in a free Family Day event, “1066 — The Year of the Three Kings,” that will include hands-on activities for children and demonstrations of medieval cooking, weapons and other aspects of daily life. Activities are scheduled from 1-4 p.m. with interpretive tours of the exhibit every 20 minutes; a weapons demonstration is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Glen Kyle, history center director, said he looks forward to displaying UNG’s Bayeux Tapestry replica.

“We are very pleased to partner with the University of North Georgia to bring this phenomenal artifact to the public. Education is the driving mission of both our institutions, and interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry from an artistic as well as historical perspective can bring a little-known but significant story to life for people throughout north Georgia,” Kyle said. “We hope the weeklong exhibit here at the History Center is only the first step in setting the model of display and interpretation to reach wider audiences on a continual basis.”

The history center event marks only the second time the replica, which is nearly the length of a football field, has been on public display since UNG acquired it. The university eventually plans to put the Bayeux replica on permanent display.

To learn more about the replica, visit the UNG YouTube channel to watch the Bayeux Tapestry video on YouTube.

For more information about the exhibit, call the history center at 770-297-5900 or visit  

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