Hereward by HC Selous (1870) 

Join Hereward's champion, historian David Maile, who will be talking about 'Hereward and the English Resistance' as well as the cultural impact of Hereward the Wake in the nineteenth century when he came to rival Robin Hood and King Arthur as a folklore hero and had trains and boats and 'planes named after him. 

David is joined by the incredible Mia Hansson who is hand embroidering a 69 metre long replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the events of the Norman Conquest. The nine metres Mia has already completed is an astonishing piece of craftsmanship and will be on display on the ground floor of the Heritage Centre. 

While David talks about the history of the Bayeux Tapestry and our understanding of it, Mia will be talking about how she works her project and her experience as an embroiderer.

Mia Hansson

Malcolm Busby

David Maile and Michael Gilbert

Music for the evening's event will be provided by folk music duo Waywood, consisting of Balladeer Gareth Calway accompanied by Vanessa Wood-Davies on harp.

Gareth has written a folk song about Hereward especially to commemorate the event celebrating the 950th anniversary of Hereward's return from exile.

As well as The Ballad of Hereward the Wake the duo will also feature Wicked Fen, a musical folk poem about the Fenlands complete with Old English lyrics.

Waywood - Gareth Calway and Vanessa Wood-Davies

A man who has been working with the WakeHereward Project for some time now is the intrepid filmaker David Johnson of DMJ Imagery.

David has been working closely with David Maile in building the documentary 'The Hereward Story' and will be filming the evening's events for future viewing.

Ground Floor

6.30 - 7pm 

Doors open for viewing of Bayeux Tapestry embroidery by Mia Hansson


Music by Waywood - Harp music

Introduction to the evening

David Maile - Bayeux Tapestry

Mia Hansson - Embroidering the tapestry


Break and view Tapestry, Questions


3rd Floor Conference Room


Music by Waywood - 'Wicked Fen'


Malcolm Busby - Hereward Folktales



Michael Gilbert - Medieval Fenlands


Music by Waywood - 'The Ballad of

                                     Hereward the Wake'


David Maile - Hereward & the Resistance

                         Hereward 'Impact & Image'

                         WakeHereward Project

David Johnson

'950th Anniversary of Hereward's return from Exile, 1067-2017'


Thursday 7th September - Doors Open 6.30pm, 7pm start.

Baldocks Mill Heritage Centre

21 South Street


Free Entry!

A collection towards a heritage 'Interpretation Board' to commemorate Hereward will be made on the night.

David Maile

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