The Bayeux Tapestry
Queen Matilda's Tapestry, more usually known as the Bayeux Tapestry, is in fact a wool embroidery on linen fabric. Approximately 70 metres in length and around 50 centimetres high, it consists of nine linen panels. Depicting the events of the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and the Battle of Hastings in particular, it provides valuable information about the clothing, castles, ships and living conditions of the period. Preserved until the late 18th century in the Bayeux Cathedral collection, it was put on display to the general public in the 21st century at the Centre Guillaume le Conquérant (William the Conqueror Centre) where it has been the sole exhibit since 1983. In 2007, the tapestry was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
Following its restoration in 1982, France's national media centre for architecture and heritage, the Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, conducted a full photographic survey of the tapestry. For the first time, the reverse side of the tapestry was photographed in its entirety.