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post Jan 18 2018, 12:12 PM
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Just to get the pedantry over with first, I know that technically it is an embroidery, not a tapestry.

Having got that out of the way, on to the real point. French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to offer to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. It is not yet certain that it will be possible to move it (it is, after all, well over 900 years old), but, assuming it goes ahead, one big question arises Where should it be exhibited?

For me, there are three main points to consider.

1) Historical significance. The obvious choices on this criterion would be Hastings or nearby Battle.

2) Suitable space. The tapestry is 70 meters long, so it needs a large space. It also needs to be somewhere where the right conditions can be created. This probably favours the British Museum.

3) Accessibility. It would be good to maximise the number of people able to visit. This is probably the biggest stumbling block for Hastings and Battle. It will be a big attraction for school trips, which means needing to accommodate a lot of coaches somewhere. Good public transport links (possibly just temporary arrangements while the tapestry is on show) should be an important consideration.

So, where do you think it should be displayed? Other options mentioned are Leicester and York. Would you want to go and see it?

It has also been suggested that we should offer something to France in return. The Rosetta Stone, found by a Frenchman in Egypt and now at the British Museum, has been suggested. Would you agree, or would you suggest something else?

Discuss.
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post Jan 18 2018, 12:58 PM
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Give them stone henge to make the A303 a bit more bearable biggrin.gif
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post Jan 18 2018, 01:32 PM
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Yes it should be in Hastings/Battle displayed ideally imo.

I would want to go to see it, I am very interested in history! Unlikely to be able to go and see it though because I don't live on the island of Britain.

If anything is loaned to France it would be apt that, like the Bayeux Tapestry it would be something that involves the history of BOTH the UK and France.


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post Jan 18 2018, 02:48 PM
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I'd probably go see it if it was in Hastings as it isn't very far away from where I live. Important piece of history.
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post Jan 18 2018, 03:10 PM
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It has also been suggested that we should offer something to France in return. The Rosetta Stone, found by a Frenchman in Egypt and now at the British Museum, has been suggested. Would you agree, or would you suggest something else?


Arsene Wenger.
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post Jan 18 2018, 03:40 PM
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QUOTE(Brett-Butler @ Jan 18 2018, 03:10 PM) *
Arsene Wenger.

I'm sure a lot of Arsenal supporters would agree laugh.gif
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post Jan 19 2018, 07:44 PM
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Being an enthusiast for British Royal History, I would love to see it. Hope a suitable space is found if this goes ahead.
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post Jan 19 2018, 07:45 PM
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not rly bothered tbf
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