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Overlord Embroidery

19 November 2014

Thursday 26 February 7.45pm

Andrew Whitmarsh, Curator of the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, will give a talk at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre about the making of one of the Museum’s most remarkable exhibits – The Overlord Embroidery.

The D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the involvement of the Allied troops.

The Overlord Embroidery is the centrepiece of the museum. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it traces in stunning visual form the progress of Operation Overlord, from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944.

The embroidery, which is 272 feet long, was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part. It consists of 34 panels, designed by Sandra Lawrence and created by the Royal School of Needlework.

Andrew will fill in all the details of how the work progressed from initial commissioning to final production. The talk will take place in the Langstone Room on Thursday 26 February at 7.45pm, and tickets are priced at £5. To book, please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.