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The Bayeux tapestry

Identifier: Film Collection no. 142

Scope and Contents

The Bayeaux Tapestry is the subject of this broadcast which traces the history of Hastings back to the Norman victory over the Anglo-Saxons in 1066 A.D. in what is believed to be the formation of the English-speaking people. The history of the battles between the Normans and the Anglo-Saxons is chroni cled in the Bayeaux Tapestry. The 210-foot long embroidered tapestry records the story of the battle which occurred on October 14, 1066. Music of the period dramatically accompanies the action depicted in the tapestry and is performed by the New York Pro Musica Antiqua Society. Bernard Kraines conducts the group. The historical narration is presented by Sir Pierson Dixon, a noted historian and the English ambassador to the United Nations.


  • 1956


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired June 24, 1956 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; John Cosgrove, director; Charles Romine, producer; Shelby Gordon, assistant producer; Frank de Felitta, script editor; David Ebin, writer; Grover Cole, production design; Maurice Tarplin, narrator; Bernard Kraines, Martha Blackman and Charles Bressler, music; Carl Schutzman, technical director; John Pickette, set director; Hal Anderson, light director.

The Bayeux tapestry, 1956
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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