1066: A Medieval Mosaic

Thu, 7 June 2018 - Mon, 27 August 2018

With the original Bayeux Tapestry due to travel to Britain in 2020, this is a unique opportunity to see the events of 1066 and the Norman conquest of England played out in exquisite mosaic form at St Albans Cathedral THIS summer.

Opening times:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30 pm

Saturday:  9am – 3.30pm

Sunday: 12.30pm – 5.45 pm 

Admission to the Cathedral and the Medieval Mosaic Exhibition is FREE.

The ‘1066 Medieval Mosaic’ is the work of artist Michael Linton who, over the course of 33 years, designed and assembled the work using three million tiny pieces of steel left over from industrial textile manufacturing. The result of this labour of love is a 64m installation weighing approximately 350 kilograms. This impressive display of skill and craftsmanship has earned itself a place in the Guinness World Record book as the longest steel mosaic.

Since historians have long since believed that the original is missing at least two panels, Michael added an 8m section highlighting what might have been missing from the original. To do so, he was joined by his daughter Rachael to tell the stories from the end of the Battle of Hastings to the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day in 1066. This add on section of the mosaic is the result of 3 years of research on all aspects of the period in order to achieve a truthful depiction of the events immediately after the Norman conquest.  The result of these years of meticulous research is a seamless transition from Michael’s original Medieval Mosaic into the Finale panels.

You can find out more about the artists and this amazing installation by visiting

For school visits, please contact the Cathedral Education Centre on or 01727 890212.


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