Henry VIII's 500-year-old tapestry gets 21st century makeover

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Twenty-first century technology is enabling visitors to Hampton Court to view one of Henry VIII's tapestries in its "dazzling" original colours.

Scientists have managed to "virtually restore" the faded hues of his 28ft long tapestry using coloured light beams.

The Manchester University researchers looked at the back of the heavy wool and silk tapestry, which has been less affected by sunlight, to gauge what the original colours might have been.

Kathryn Hallett, conservation and science manager at Historic Royal Palaces, which runs Hampton Court, said the aim was to "help our visitors see how bright they would have been originally" rather than faded after centuries

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