september, 2017

23sep(sep 23)11:00 am(sep 23)11:00 amThe New World TapestryA Film and Talk about the Creation of the Tapestry11:00 am - 12:00 am The Minster Church of St Andrew, The Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade Plymouth, PL1 2ADArea:City CentreEvent Type:Something's happening

Event Details

In 1978 the artist Tom Mor set about designing an ambitious embroidery named the New World Tapestry. It commemorates the colonisation of America between 1583 and 1642 and is one of the largest hand-stitched embroideries in the world, being 32ft longer and 2ft wider than the Bayeux tapestry. Measuring 270ft by 4ft it comprises 24 individual panels, each narrating a particular event within that period. It illustrates 264 people, with the same number of coats-of-arms and plants.

The assembly of the first panel was carried out in the Prysten House, Plymouth and depicts the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620. Three other panels were made at the house, recording the events of the years 1584, 1602-1603 and 1628-1634. The panel for the year1588, named the Armada panel to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the battle, was made at the church of HMS Drake in Plymouth and assembled by naval staff and members of their families. A team of 256 volunteers at centres in Devon and Dorset made the other19 panels.

The forty minute film ‘Making the New World Tapestry’ will be followed by a ten minute talk by Jack Spence.


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:00 am


The Minster Church of St Andrew

The Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade Plymouth, PL1 2AD

Artist(s) or Organiser(s) names

The Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth