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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Guernsey Tapestry Gallery in St Peter Port

The Guernsey Tapestry Gallery in St Peter Port houses a set of ten tapestries each one illustrating a century of history of the island. Each tapestry has been embroidered by people from one of the islands ten parishes. You will notice that each panel bears the crest of the Parish that stitched it.



A lot of research went into the making of the tapestries - obtaining information about the costumes and cultures in each century. Illustrations and photos were used as reference points and pencil drawings were made of each panel. This was followed by a pen drawing and finally the full colour designs were painted using liquid acrylic. Yarns(both wool and cotton thread has been used) were then chosen to match the colours and different types of stitches were used to get the 3D effect that you can see on the finished product.



The stitching for this unique project took over two years. It was started on 4th Sept 1996 and with regular stitching over the next 2 years it was finally completed on 6th Dec 1998.

Along with your entrance ticket you are also given an audio guide that gives you an insight into the history and theme behind each panel. Take your time, listen to the audio guides and you will appreciate the tapestry better.


The Tapestry gallery is tucked away in the basement of St James' Concert Hall just off College street. Overall, worth a visit for anyone interested in embroidery or history. 

The Guernsey Tapestry
St James College Street
St Peter Port
Guernsey - GY1 2NZ
Telephone: 01481 727106

Opening HoursEaster to end of October, Monday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
November to Easter open Thursdays only 10am - 4pm

Entrance feeAdults £4.95
Over 65’s and students £4.20

Note: Photography is NOT allowed inside the tapestry gallery.

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