The history of Hastings free to a good home

Ron Nicola with his painting "The Millennium Chronicle of Hastings"
Ron Nicola with his painting "The Millennium Chronicle of Hastings"

THE artist behind an epic nine-panel panoramic history of Hastings, the sequel to the Bayeux Tapestry, is looking for a new home for the painting.

It is now 13 years since Ron Nicola, 75, completed The Millennium Chronicle of Hastings 1066-2000, which has been displayed many times including at Battle Abbey and St Mary-in-the-Castle.

Ron, of Fir Tree Road, is keen that the eye-catching artwork goes to a local organisation, preferably a charity, which can put it on display for others to enjoy.

He said: “It needs a suitable and appreciative home. Churches, libraries, schools, community halls and museums can all be considered so long as they are in Hastings, Battle or St Leonards.”

A huge amount of research went into the acrylic painting, which is in nine panels measuring in total 18ft long by 3ft high, and is accompanied by three A4 display books explaining scenarios with reference guides and pictures, plus a 1066 Quiz.

Ron said: “In 1997 I went to a few art classes, and came up with the idea that I would update the Bayeux Tapestry.”

Over the course of two years Ron worked on the painting for three to four hours a day, revisiting the library again and again to get more information.

All the major events and prominent figures in the history of the town are represented, from William the Conqueror to John Logie Baird, Robert Tressell, and Aleister Crowley.

All the coats of arms over the ages are included, and through depicting the sightings of Halley’s comet in 1066 and the more recent sighting in 1986, Ron has portrayed the passing of time. The last time the painting went on public display was in St Clements Church in the Old Town, in 2010, to mark the 150th wedding anniversary of artist Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, and it has since been in storage.

Contact Ron at ron.walt@talktalk.net.

To view all nine panels search online for ‘Ron Nicola Millennium Chronicle’.