In 2022, the City of Bayeux and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London are joining to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their collaboration that gave birth to the very first complete photographic coverage of the Bayeux Tapestry. In 1872, this meeting between the two institutions also included a little-known diplomatic dimension: the return by the director of the London museum to the Municipality of Bayeux, of an original fragment of the Bayeux Tapestry. Little documented, the removal of this small piece of embroidery of about 6 cm took place at the beginning of the 19th century, when the Tapestry was not yet on display for public visit. A true witness to the state of the work in 1816, it is now preserved away from light and is the subject of scientific studies for a better knowledge of the embroidery.
INFO: To see at the MAHB – Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History – 37 rue du Bienvenu in Bayeux
Adult entry €7.50 – reduced rate €5 – See practical information HERE