Offer to host Bayeux Tapestry at Colchester Castle

The Bayeux Tapestry is to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it may leave its country for the first time in 950 years.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan during his visit to the UK later this week when he meets with Prime Minister Theresa May.

The tapestry – which depicts the Norman Conquest of England – would not be transferred to the UK before 2020.

As reported in The Times, it has been suggested the loan was subject to the outcome of tests to make sure the 11th Century artwork was safe to move.

In a bid to present Colchester as the “perfect setting” for the loan, Will Quince MP (Con) wrote to the Prime Minister Theresa May, suggesting “Colchester Castle, the largest Norman keep in Europe would be the perfect venue to host the tapestry.”

Mr Quince also suggested “an exhibition held at Firstsite telling the story of the invasion, the battle of Hastings and the tapestry itself” could be of benefit to Colchester.

The tapestry tells the story of the future William I’s conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066.

With the tapestry on permanent display at a museum in the town of Bayeux, Normandy, it has very rarely moved.

It has not yet been decided where in the UK the tapestry will be displayed.

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