Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry Finale travels to Cambridge University this January

Tuesday 23rd January – 6pm in the English Faculty, Cambridge University

The Hidden meanings in the Bayeux tapestry and Alderney’s conclusion: A captivating presentation by Kate Russell and Pauline Black, the creators of Alderney’s most ambitious and highly acclaimed community project: The Bayeux Tapestry Finale.


1066 and all that:  How history was stitched up

Alderney, Channel Islands – 12 January 2018: Over the past years, many hundreds of thousands people have visited the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to admire this world-famous historic masterpiece of embroidery. Yet, it remains a little known fact that the Bayeux Tapestry is incomplete.

Although the Bayeux Tapestry depicts in 58 scenes the events of the Norman conquest, leading up to the Battle of Hastings, it runs out before this period of history reaches its conclusion: the coronation of William the Conqueror in London on Christmas Day in 1066. In fact, most experts now believe that a piece between 8-10 feet depicting the coronation of William I would have been included in the original work.

The historic scenes, characters, expressions and symbols embroidered in the Bayeux Tapestry are open to many different interpretations and continue to intrigue and fascinate historians across the world, including Alderney librarian Kate Russell BEM. Her attention focused on events following the Battle of Hastings –  in particular  the missing final chapters of the tapestry, the Norman Conquest of England which dramatically changed the history and heritage of this country.


Ultimately, the small Channel Island Alderney delivered the missing chapter and plausible conclusion.

In just one year, Kate Russell, with the help of artist Pauline Black, history teacher Robin Whicker, and 416 men, women and children, including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, added their stitches to the 3-metre long embroidery. Unveiled in spring 2013, the Alderney Finale was officially endorsed by the curator and authorities of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. Alderney’s tapestry was exhibited there throughout the summer of 2014 and seen by 141,458 visitors.


At the invitation of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Society – the student society affiliated with Cambridge University’s Department of the same name –  the Alderney Tapestry will be the centrepiece of a captivating history lesson in the University of Cambridge on Tuesday 23 January.

During their one- hour presentation entitled 1066: How History Was Stitched Up. Hidden meanings in the Bayeux Tapestry and Alderney’s Conclusion” Kate Russell and Pauline Black will provide a unique insight into possible interpretations of the different scenes, symbols, myths and messages hidden in the Bayeux Tapestry and Alderney’s Final Chapter.

Tuesday 23 January – 6pm 

 Lecture Room GR06/07

English Faculty Sidgwick Site 

University of Cambridge

Admission is free.

For more information about our tapestry please visit our website: or email on

Photographs: a wide selection of high res images can be viewed and downloaded from our Flickr site

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