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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

The Bayeux Tapestry: Unpicking the Past

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1000 - The 11th Century
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Dave MacLeod
Name of Producer: BBC
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: General Public, teachers and students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Availability of community:
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An open site which is part of the BBC’s excellent “British History: Normans” site.
Objectives & Structure:
This section of the broader historical site suggests that, “ the Bayeux Tapestry is probably the most important pictorial image of the 11th century. But the tapestry is not a docile, dead depiction, it's alive with controversy and myth. Unpick its secrets and discover how truth was embroidered after 1066.”
The site is clearly structured with information sections and inter active opportunities.
It is not possible to download images.
Description of contents:
The site offers further examination of several themes including:
• Controversy and myth
• The Tapestry as a primary source
• Embroidering the truth
• The story
• Death of Harold
• A window on the past
• Distinctive Norman soldiers
• Chance survival

There is also a section giving other useful links and references.

Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The website would allow some individual or group extension work for students to set a study of the Bayeux Tapestry into an historical context.
An interactive “Battle of Hastings game” offers an opportunity to change the outcome of the battle and consider tactics.

A very basic but well presented site linked to possible further study via the BBC’s huge History website.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Emma Brown, David Graham
Name of School: Holly Lodge Girls College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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