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950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings: What’s on in 1066 Country

PUBLISHED: 10:58 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:58 30 August 2016

Illustration by Josephine Scales

Illustration by Josephine Scales


History is imbued into the very landscape around Battle, Hastings, Rye and Pevensey. This year is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which changed the course of British history forever

There is so much going on to mark the 950th anniversary of King Harold’s defeat by William the Conqueror.

Whether or not you are attending any of the special events to mark the anniversary there is plenty to see, including Pevensey Castle and Battle Abbey and Battlefield, both now managed by English Heritage.

At the heart of the celebrations is the Root 1066 contemporary arts festival, with events taking place in Battle, Hastings, Bexhill and Normandy. Art events include Bob Humm’s mobile flatpack castle and The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

On 10 September a spectacular immersive light and sound installation by world-renowned light artist Chris Levine will illuminate Hastings.

On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, re-live the atmosphere and tension 950 years on, as more than 600 soldiers clash in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings. And from 2 September until Friday 28 October, Battle Museum will be exhibiting the Alderney Tapestry, conceived by the islanders of Alderney as their version of the supposed missing panel of the Bayeux Tapestry. Visitors on Thursdays will also have the opportunity to contribute a stitch to the Battle Community Tapestry.

We’ll be covering the 950th anniversary in much greater details over the next couple of issues, from an in-depth look at the creation of new sculptures on Hastings beach to some of the history behind the bloody battle. |


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