Heritage Tapestries: Visual Storytelling

Posted on April 15, 2012

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Heritage tapestries turn words into pictures and are used worldwide to help preserve and promote the history of cities, towns and villages more often in Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland.   Heritage tapestries use visual storytelling, a powerful way to educate residents and visitors alike about significant, but lesser-known, people, places, events and objects that helped shape development of the specific jurisidiction as it is today.

My recent research has identified more than 30 heritage tapestries including one in South Africa and another portraying the history of Quakers  and all go back to the Bayeux Tapestry, an 85 yard embroidered panel created to preserve the history of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

While the Annapolis Tapestries were inspired by a visit to Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, sister city to Annapolis, MD, these are just two of the unique heritage tapestries.  Most are either embroidered or done in needlepoint and are as unique as the city, town or village itself.

In the last year or so, two countries have begun work creating heritage tapestries to preserve and promote their country’s history: New Zealand and Scotland!

Information about the varied heritage tapestries I have discovered will be listed here soon.

-Remy Agee, Annapolis Tapestries Project Chair and President, Board of Trustees of Annapolis Tapestries, Inc.

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