The final piece of the Bayeux tapestry
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Final panel added to Bayeux tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry was probably started within a decade or so of the Battle of Hastings. At almost 1,000 years old, it has only just been completed.

Stitchers working on Alderney in the Channel Islands have added the last panels which show the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day, 1066. Previously the tapestry - discovered in France in the early 18th century - ended with the death of King Harold at Hastings.

"One of my great delights has been watching the reaction of the artist who designed our tapestry," project head Kate Russell told the Today programme. "She has put in the stitches herself and felt that it was coming to life in a way that she had not possibly imagined and was thrilled by it."

Ms Russell is currently in talks with a museum on how best to preserve the new work for future generations.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Saturday 9 February 2013.

  • 09 Feb 2013
  • From the section England