Rochford District Heritage Tapestry

1st May 2020

The Rochford District Heritage Tapestry has been created through a community project that was funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, together with additional financial, premises and other support from the Elim Estuary Church Group.  The main aim of the community project was to encourage groups and individuals from all 14 parishes within Rochford District to take part in creating hand-crafted ‘tapestry’ panels, depicting significant events and local history over the last 1,000 years.   This has been a vast undertaking and the finished work will measure over 10 metres long, in 10 separate panels. The scenes have been designed by local artists and historians, then interpreted by over 60 people using a wide range of techniques, including embroidery, appliqué, knitting and felting. So in the true sense of the word, this is not a ‘Tapestry’. However, it was the best word that we could find to quickly convey what we were doing.  The 10 panels form a timeline that covers over 1,000 years of local history and change.

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