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Inspired by Bayeux tapestry: could this be the longest book in the world?

June 01 2006

We're not sure if Arran Macintosh has created the longest book in the world but we love his 32 page, 12 metre long illustrated history of the British Isles... It is as long as a bus!

Line drawing illustration from a history of Britain showing Vikings invading from the sea.

Arran's book is called The Scroll of Britain and tells the history of the British Isles, its people, the groups who conquered us as well as how Britain grew in power to become a worldwide empire.

Here's Arran's picture of the scary Vikings who began to invade Britain in AD 787.

© Arran Macintosh

The concertina style book was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Books 2010 and was exhibited at the competition exhibition in the Foyles Bookshop Gallery in London.

The Bayeux Tapestry

Arran was inspired to make The Scroll of Britain by the Bayeux Tapestry.

The Tapestry tells the story of the Norman conquest in 1066.

You can see a Victorian version of the Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Reading. Click on the link to read the story then add the final lost scene.

The lost scene may have shown William being crowned King of England. This would match the scene at the very beginning of the tapestry which shows King Edward on the throne just two years earlier.

There are more activities on the Museum of Reading website including build your own Norman ship and make a Norman soldier's helmet.

By Rachel Hayward