For two weeks in the Spring semester of 2014, Amherst College students in “History 120: The Medieval World” were assigned the task of interpreting the significance of the different scenes on the Bayeux tapestry.
Students then presented these interpretations in a public exhibit that opened on March 13th, 2014.
From now until the end of the semester — 3/13/2014 to 5/2/2014 — the posters we used for study, along with our interpretations of the images, will all be posted for display in Amherst College’s Frost Library as an exhibit open to the public.
We invite you to come and visit our “open classroom” before the end of the semester.


Get to Amherst College’s Frost Library to see the entire Bayeux Tapestry as a poster!
Student analyses posted throughout help make sense of the scenes.


This web page is intended as an interactive digital exhibit of the same content: an online exhibit, designed to function in concert with the images of the tapestry we used for study and presentation.
The text of our analyses is provided here under the “Projects” page, where you are invited to leave comments and feedback.
Student groups that were assigned to look at the entire project have posted their essays under the “Brief History” page where we’d also love to hear what you think of our ideas.
Professor Jesse Torgerson‘s comments on the project can be found under “Our Goal.”
We used many resources to do our work, but Martin Foy’s digital edition of the Tapestry was indispensable. Scholarly Digital Editions has made an online version of the edition available, which is accessible to all Amherst College faculty, staff, and students here.

To give credit where credit is due: this entire enterprise is a testament to the great deal of support, enthusiasm, and assistance that imbue the working environment of Amherst College. In particular: the images came off the computer screen and onto paper thanks to Technology Specialists Dr. Andy Anderson and Eloy Shepard; the paper got hung on the wall thanks to Research Librarian Sara Smith, and Frost Library’s Program Committee Chair Amy Johnson; and, our work has reached you here in the digital universe thanks to Technology Specialist Bridget Dahill.
Material assistance was very generously provided by the Dean’s Office, and the History Department.

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