Digitising the Sheldon Tapestry

In April 2014, the chance for Warwickshire Museum to digitally capture high quality images of the Sheldon Tapestry Map was offered by the Warwickshire County Record Office and Icam Archive Systems Ltd. The digital scanning of a 400 year old woven tapestry which measures five metres by four metres is no mean feat! The whole process took just over a day; Icam worked with the Museum Collections Team, staff from the record office and a freelance textile conservator to ensure the tapestry was carefully manoeuvred into position under the camera.

36 sections in total

Each scan was A0 in size and there are 36 sections in total to cover the whole tapestry. The quality of the images is amazing – revealing details not normally visible when it is on display. The potential for study, display and reproduction are very exciting and we are looking into lots of the different possibilities!

Sheldon Tapestry detail of Weston.

Sheldon Tapestry detail of Weston. Photo courtesy of Warwickshire Museum Service.


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