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Watch the Bayeux Tapestry Lecture Series

Bayeux Tapestry Exhibit Hours

Journey back in time 950 years: follow the events that led to the Norman conquest of England and changed the course of Western history. Self-guided tours are available Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1. Docents will also be available to guide guests through the Tapestry display.

Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1

Dempsey Hall, 3rd Floor 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. onhorse

Lecture Series

Join experts in Art, History, Astronomy, Literature and Foreign Language to explore various issues raised by the Bayeux Tapestry, its medieval context, and its lasting significance. All lectures will take place in Dempsey Hall, Room 314.

Tuesday, March 29

9:40 to 11:10 a.m.

  • “Material Culture in 1066: Art and History in the Bayeux Tapestry,” Susan Maxwell, Department of Art
  • “William the Bastard in Norse History and Legend: A Brief Overview,” Elizabeth Wade-SirabianDepartment of Foreign Languages and Literatures

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • “The Needle and the Sword: The Struggle for the English Crown in 1066,” Kimberly Rivers, Department of History
  • “Language and Literature after the Invasion: William the Bastard to King Arthur,” Karl Boehler, Department of English

Thursday, March 31

9:40 to 11:10 a.m.

  • La chanson de Roland: A Literary Masterpiece of the French Middle Ages”, Andrzej Dziedzic, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • “‘England Should Have a Copy of Its Own’: The Medieval Revival and the Victorian Bayeux Tapestry” Christine Roth, Department of English

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • “Worlds in Collision: Competing Military Systems in the Battle of Hastings,” Kevin Boylan, Department of History
  • “Halley’s Comet before and after 1066: The Science behind the Legend,” Barton Pritzl, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Parking Options

Visitors may park in lot 6 (near the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center) and lot 15 (the visitor lot near Blackhawk Commons). A campus shuttle is also available on a 20-minute loop to take visitors to the exhibit in Dempsey Hall. View the campus parking map here.