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A thousand years of Guernsey in 10 tapestries
Guernsey Tapestry
The tapestry tells the story of 1,000 years of Guernsey history

Made to celebrate the turn of the millennium the Guernsey Tapestry tells the story of the island through 10 hand stitched images.

Work on the tapestry began in 1997 and it went on display in a special constructed gallery at St James in 2002.

Gallery director Caroline Drake, said: "It's an amazing piece of artwork... people are blown away by it."

The 10 panels were stitched over two years by many Bailiwick residents.

The images on the panels were designed by Valerie Chandler and were then transferred to textile by Jenneth Fitzgerald who received an OBE for her work on the tapestry.

The panels were taken round community groups and schools around the Bailiwick to be stitched. Caroline said the youngest person to add a stitch was 18 months old and the oldest 99 years so a "broad section of society was involved".

Guernsey Tapestry
The St Saviour's panel tells of folklore and religion in Guernsey

Each panel featured key events from a specific century as well as information on different aspects of local life.

Caroline said her favourite is the St Saviour's panel: "It's a map of the island depicting the folklore and religion and it is just a beautiful piece of work - the sea in it is just stunning."

The tapestry gets a very positive response from visitors, Caroline said, and she thinks: "It's the history that grabs people."

She added that as the Bayeux Tapestry has lasted for 1,000 years there is no reason why the Guernsey Tapestry should not be able to do the same.




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