Oliver Postgate's story of Becket
Thomas Becket was the son of an immigrant Norman merchant. He rose to become Royal Chancellor and close friend of King Henry II. Although not a priest, he was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162. Then in 1170 Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. His attackers were four knights who believed they were carrying out the orders of the King.
Oliver Postgate and Naomi Linnell created the museum’s 16-metre-long story of Becket. Illustrated in Bayeux-tapestry style, it shows the Archbishop and King as arrogant single-minded people fighting personal quarrels.
Oliver Postgate's story of Becket. © Tim Stubbings.