Game of Thrones® Tapestry

Jul 22 2017 - Aug 27 2018
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The Ulster Museum will be displaying a new temporary installation of the Game of Thrones® tapestry.

See Game of Thrones® immortalised in a giant, Bayeux style tapestry, 80 metres long, at the Ulster Museum. From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic tapestry brings to life the infamous events, locations and story of the most popular television series of all time.

Weaving the story from Seasons 1 to 7, this impressive tapestry gives Game of Thrones® fans the perfect chance to reminisce over all the action. Iit’s a unique way to experience the trials and tribulations of the very latest episodes.

Web App
Check out the interactive Northern Ireland Game of Thrones® Tapestry web app which allows fans to zoom in and explore the tapestry in full, reliving some of their favourite scenes from previous episodes. Fans can use the app to share those scenes with their friends, via social media. Also when at the Ulster Museum, visitors can pick up an information leaflet which tells the story of the Tapestry.

Local Craftmanship
Designed by hand but weaved by a state-of-the-art machine and hand finished in Northern Ireland, the linen used to form the background of the tapestry has been sourced from Ferguson’s Irish Linen, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.

The delicate hand embroidery completed by a team of 30 stitchers at the Ulster Museum and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum replicates a look consistent with such traditional hand woven cloth. With blood red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold-blue White Walkers and jet black ravens, admire their chain stitch, split stitch, back stitch, running stitch and seed stitch as you stroll along the tapestry.

From King Joffrey’s golden crown to Daenerys’ shimmering white and silver hair, threads of metallic, cotton and silk yarns bring vibrancy and lustre to the most popular television series of all time.

When will it be displayed?
The tapestry will be displayed in the Ulster Museum from 22 July 2017 until 27 August 2018.

Northern Ireland Locations featured in the Tapestry:
Castle Ward
Shillnavogy Valley
Inch Abbey
Dark Hedges
Downhill Beach
Ballintoy Harbour
Cushendun Caves
Audley’s Field
Pollnagollum Caves

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New Exhibition on history of linen

A new exhibition documenting the history of the linen production in Ireland has opened alongside the phenomenally successful Game of Thrones tapestry at the Ulster Museum.

Warp and Weft places the tapestry, an example of contemporary jacquard weaving using linen yarn, in the context of images and objects from the collections of National Museums NI, and provides an overview of some of the processes and skills used to create linen during the last 125 years. A group of eight framed watercolour prints, first published by William Hincks in the late 1780s, depict the various stages in growing flax, spinning and weaving linen for market. Photographs, which include some images from Robert Welch from the early 1900s, document some of the last days of hand skills and the move towards an age of power-driven manufacture.

The exhibition also features three framed linen tableaux and a framed sample of monogram embroidery. A programme of talks and demonstrations are also planned.

Opening Times:

Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed Monday (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays)

For more information on the Ulster Museum including how to find it, visit www.nmni.com/um

Please note: Due to the depiction of graphic scenes, viewing of the tapestry is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.