FAMOUS ILLUSTRATOR VISITS BELSAY HALL ..
The much-loved illustrator, Liz Pichon, best known for her Tom Gates series visited Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens over the Bank Holiday Weekend to teach a group of 30 enthusiastic children how to illustrate.
The workshop formed part of the English Heritage’s travelling tapestry national tour celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The 8 metre long tapestry will be on display in the Great Hall at Belsay Hall until the 5 September. This modern day Bayeux Tapestry, this ‘mini-sequel’, features the most important historic moments since 1066 as voted for by children across the country.
The Kids’ Tapestry was created by Pichon in her signature Tom Gates style and includes the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the birth of William Shakespeare and the end of the Second World War. Children across England are being invited to complete the final panel in a nationwide competition; the invention of the World Wide Web.
The artwork was unveiled on 1 August at the site of the Battle of Hastings, the event that inspired the Bayeux Tapestry, to mark the 950th anniversary of the most famous and arguably most important battle in English history. The tour will take it across England, visiting historic sites from Queen Victoria’s seaside home, Osborne, on the Isle of Wight right up to Carlisle Castle.
The top 10 history moments included in The Kids’ Tapestry are:
1. William the Conqueror defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings and becomes King of England –1066
2. The sealing of the Magna Carta – 1215
3. The Black Death arrives in England – 1348
4. The Wars of the Roses begin – 1455
5. William Shakespeare is born – 1564
6. Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot are discovered – 1605
7. The Battle of Waterloo – 1815
8. Queen Victoria is crowned – 1838
9. V-E Day marks the end of the Second World War – 1945
10. Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web – 1989
English Heritage is calling upon mini-historians to design the tenth panel – the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee – and complete the tapestry. The nationwide competition runs until the end of September, with the winning design revealed on the eve of 14 October 2016, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Lynn Rylance English Heritage Area Manager for the North East said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Kids’ Tapestry to Belsay to help with English Heritage’s 950th anniversary celebrations at the Battle of Hastings. We asked children what inspired and interested them about history and now Liz Pichon has brought their fascinating and inspiring choices to life. Over bank holiday weekend we had the Knights’ Tournament, the tapestry arrived and the workshop with Liz so it was an action packed programme. We’re hoping kids can come along to see the tapestry for themselves and be inspired to enter the competition too.”
Liz Pichon, author and illustrator of the best-selling Tom Gates series, adds: “The Kids’ Tapestry is the perfect way of engaging kids with history - not only did they get to choose the moments but they will be able to complete the story. The year 1066 is one of the most important dates in English history and I’m really looking forward to seeing what designs kids come up with for the final panel.”
For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can get involved this summer, visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/tapestry