History is told by the victor, so they say… Well, in Hastings, UK the story is not told by the victor. Hastings has been re-telling the story of 1066 for many years, with a major re-enactment on October 14th every year. From our poll to determine their favourite king, Hastings voted: 36.60% supported Harold II, 19.75% favoured William the Conqueror, 16.63% liked Edward the Confessor, 13.92% wanted Harald Hardrada to win and 13.10% thought Edgar Aethling was unfairly treated.
It was an honour to be asked to take part in the 950th-anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Hastings. We wish to express our greatest of thanks to Peter Cocker and Kevin Boorman in Hastings, Andy Webb and James Pilgrim for our Burford exhibition, Tim Stimpson and Zoe Patrick for our Oxford exhibition and Charlie Haylock, Clare Perkins and Katie Emerson for our Melton Exhibition.
If you wish to study the mosaic and the history of this period in its minutest detail, enter the ‘Portal’
This complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was created in three sections out of 3 million pieces of spring steel. The tiny pieces of steel, which have an area approximately 7 square millimetres, are the off-cuts from a patterning disk used on a very large industrial knitting machine. Many years were spent constructing the metal canvas until finally 64 metres had been assembled.
This labour of love has taken Michael 33 years to complete. It was started in 1979 and was finally completed in 2012. The mosaic measures 64 metres (210 feet) and weighs approximately 350 kilograms (770 lbs.)
Beginning in 1979 to 1999 Michael Linton created the Medieval Mosaic. He painted scene 1 to 71, and scene 138 to 166 which is are the complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry. In 2004 Michael and his daughter Rachael researched and designed scene 167 to scene 189, these scenes depict the Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge.
Scene 72 to 137 is the third section of the mosaic which depicts the events leading up to the Crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas day, 1066. This section was created between 1999 and completed in 2004 and also designed by Rachael. Altogether, the project was complete in 2012.
Puzzles: Scene 1 and scene 190 are verses that give clues to over 50 Alphametic style puzzles encoded throughout the mosaic.
Michael Linton was a textile technician by trade and between 1985 and 2016 was in business with his wife Gillian as a knitwear manufacturer and retailer. In 1999 Michael and Gillian were recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as having the “World’s Largest Jersey” and in 2012 received the Guinness World record for the “World’s Largest Steel Mosaic.”
With the help of their son Steven, Michael has produced 2 puzzle books and has a big interest in all aspects of number theory. Hidden throughout the mosaic are many of Michael’s alphametic puzzles.
Although the mosaic has taken much time, Michael still finds time for fishing, skiing and geocaching. Michael and Gillian now rank in the top 300 of the Church Micro geocaching series and have found over 6000 caches. Indoors, Michael enjoys chess, Ticket to Ride, Power Grid, Dominion, Seven Wonders, Galaxy Truckers, King of Tokyo, Catan, Carcassonne and Pandemic.
Rachael Linton is a gilder, designer and full time artist who has decorated many UK homes, furniture, fine art and frames as well as interior and exterior architecture. She has held various exhibitions throughout New Zealand and the UK with both her private artwork and with 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic. Inquiries for new projects are always welcomed.
Rachael is also a prolific digital media entrepreneur with a Masters in Visual Communication Design. Drawing together her interest in coloured light, sound and the conductive properties of metals such as gold, she makes diverse and interesting interactive art installations involving water, cymatics, projections, vibration and human form. She exhibits frequently at the Brighton Digital festival, the Big Bang for schools and London’s Mind Body Spirit festival. Watch her website soundvisionstudio.co.uk for updates on her latest experimental explorations.
A visionary at heart, Rachael contributes with lustre, uniting history with the present and art with science.