Conservation project to protect unique 400-year old tapestries

The National Trust’s longest running conservation project takes an important step forward with a carefully conserved tapestry from a 440-year-old set being brought back to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

•  The 400-year-old tapestries make up the largest surviving set in the country and were acquired by the powerful Bess of Hardwick.

•  They have hung in the same place at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire since they were bought in 1592.

•  With 13 panels, the sixteenth century tapestries are nearly 6 metres high and 70 metres in total length (20 ft by 230 ft.)

•  The 12th of the 13 panels returns to Hardwick following specialist repairs

•  Conservation of the tapestries started in 2001 and is not expected to be complete until October 2023.

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