This simple short task is designed to bring the iconic battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry into the 21st century and to get pupils to think about the true meaning of the invasion for British identity.
The text below gives you the background to the discussion about Nigel Farage’s tie. Start by showing slide 2. Explain the debate about the use of the tie, drawing on the text below. Use slide 4 of the PowerPoint to encourage pupils to discuss how we should view the Norman Conquest in terms of British identity and to broaden this into a whole class debate. Was Farage right to wear it?
At the end of the debate ask pupils to write a simple answer to the question: What can we learn about the significance of the Battle of Hastings from Nigel Farage wearing the Bayeux Tapestry tie?
Background teacher’s notes
The day after the English by-election in Rochester in November 2014, newspaper front pages across the country were plastered with pictures of a grinning politician sporting a rather garish tie. Around Nigel Farage’s neck was not a Disney figure or other staple of the ‘comic tie’ genre, but scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry.