It may be summer but ‘winter is coming’ to Bankfield Museum this weekend.
A four-metre (13ft) giant White Walker from the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones will be displayed from Saturday, July 30, at the Halifax museum.
The ‘Hardhome Embroidery’, featuring the most feared Game of Thrones baddie, was originally created for the television network HBO as a backdrop to mark the release of Games of Thrones series five on DVD.
The highly detailed work, measuring nearly six metres (17ft) across, features imagery from one of the most intense battle scenes in TV series history – the massacre of Hardhome (series 5, episode 8).
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The embroidery took over 5,000 hours to complete using a wide range of textile and mixed media materials, creating a one-off piece that showcases the artistry of hand embroidery and textile design in an impressive and imposing way.
The Embroiderers’ Guild led the design and production including contributors from The Royal School of Needlework, Hand and Lock and Fine Cell Work.
The work is making its first northern debut in Halifax.
It has only been displayed for one weekend in central London so far, and Bankfield Museum is thrilled to be able to display it for their visitors.
Eager Game of Thrones fans are welcome to take selfies with the work and upload their photos to Twitter with #GameOfThronesHalifax.
This new addition to Bankfield Museum coincides with their Exquisite Threads embroidery exhibition and will be on display throughout the summer holiday until September 10.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: “Game of Thrones is one of the most popular programmes on television, with a very loyal fan base.
“Fans of the series will know how terrifying the White Walkers are, and this 13ft high embroidery is particularly imposing.
“It’s fantastic that Bankfield Museum will be showing the exquisite piece for the first time outside of London.
“The detail is incredible, and even if you aren’t a fan of the show I think the level of skill displayed in the embroidery will impress.”