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Battle. Embroider. Color.

Swords, battle axes, shields, spears, bows and arrows, maces and clubs. Stop by the Reeve Union Concourse any time between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 to get a glimpse into Norman and Anglo-Saxon battle tactics. OR, try your hand at embroidery or color your own scene from the Bayeux Tapestry.

Local experts James Aldrich and Allison Welch will lead visitors in re-creating 11th-century military maneuvers and weaving and embroidery techniques captured in the Tapestry.

Wednesday, March 30

Noon to 3 p.m. Reeve Union Concourse


 Put down the scythe and take up the spear!

Medieval knight against stone wallIn this hands-on workshop, learn Norman and Anglo-Saxon battle tactics depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.


Saxons of the Great Fyrd!! The proud enemy approaches. Your brothers are weary from slaughtering the Danes. Will you stand with them as free men in the shieldwall or cower in your barns as the Norman pretender pillages your lands? We will make you reapers of men!
Normans! Duke William sails to claim his kingdom and ride to wealth and glory. Will you honor your liege or sit by your fires like old Saxon women? Your captains will forge you into the hammer that will crush the rebel Harold and his crumbling wall of dreamers. Diex Aïe!



 Color your own Bayeux Tapestry scene

bayeuxcoloringpageIn this hands-on activity, learn more about the Bayeux Tapestry and get a glimpse into what life was like in the 11th century by coloring your own scene from the Bayeux Tapestry.

Paper and colored pencils will be provided.

 Follow a thread of history!

colored thread for embroidery and needles on canvasIn this hands-on workshop, learn Bayeux embroidery techniques including stem, stitching and laid work to make your own Bayeux Tapestry scene.

Embroidery hoops, sewing needles, wool and fabric with a pre-printed pattern are all supplied.