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.

Suitable for all ages, this world record breaking installation is not to be missed. Get up close and personal to the most well known scenes from the original Bayeux Tapestry in breathtaking detail, including horses, ships and soldiers as well as Halley's comet and the famous depiction of Harold taking an arrow to the eye. 

In total, the mosaic has taken 33 years for artist Michael Linton to complete. Using 3 million tiny pieces of steel left over from industrial textile manufacturing, each coloured piece of Mosaic has been hand painted and put together by the artist. The result of this labour of love? A 64m installation weighing approximately 350 kilograms which has earned its place in the Guinness World Record books as the longest steel mosaic.

To top it all off, 3 years of research on all aspects of the Norman period have enabled Michael, with the help of his daughter Rachael, to tell the story of the panels missing from the original. See a one-of-a-kind depiction of how the tapestry might have looked - from the end of the Battle of Hastings, to the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day in 1066. 

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.

Access: This exhibition is located in the North Transept of the Cathedral, up a small number of steps. This area of the Cathedral is accessible using a ramp which the virgers will provide if you contact them upon your arrival. If you have any problems finding a member of the virging team, please do not hesitate to contact 01727 890210 and a member of Cathedral staff will be able to assist. We look forward to welcoming you.

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