Thames Heritage Tapestry Project
In autumn 2012 we took part in the grand ‘Thames Heritage Tapestry’ project to raise awareness of the River Thames. Schools along the River Thames were invited to take part and learn more about the length of the river nearest to where they lived. The project was to contribute a metre square tapestry to a huge artwork illustrating how the Thames has shaped, and now influences, their local communities.
Our section was linked to St Laurence’s Church and its modern rose window, illustrating the work of Sir William Herschel, the astronomer. The finished tapestries reflected a portrait of the whole Thames, from its source to the sea, through the eyes of the children who live along its banks.
It was a stunning opportunity to show our children’s, staff and parents’ talents and crafts and celebrate a key feature of British history and share our work with 211 other schools along the 346km of the River Thames!
The amazing tapestry was shown at The Royal Festival Hall and Hampton Court Palace. The queen saw it at The Diamond Jubilee Garden Party in Henley-on-Thames and we went to see it at a viewing at St Paul’s Cathedral! It was last on show at Mansion House also in London; we are trying to track it down for you to see it yourself and will let you know if we find its latest exhibition.