The Tapestry's home when it is not on tour is the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, which occupies the original 1840s terminal station designed by Brunel, near the modern Bristol Temple Meads railway station in central Bristol, England.
|1583 (1)||Expedition to Newfoundland||Humphrey Gilbert, Captain William Winter, Robert Davis, Edward Hayes, Richard Clarke, William Cox, Captain Cade, Thomas Edmondes, Thomas Aldworth, Gilbert Staplehill||Common Mallow, Soapwort, Dandelion, Thrift, Daisy, Jessamine, Bistort, Purple Iris, Cleavers, Heartsease, Yarrow|
|1584 (2)||First Expedition to Roanoke||Walter Raleigh, Philip Amadas, William Grenville, John Wood, Richard Hakluyt, Henry Greene, William Sanderson, Josias Calmady, John Dee, Thomas Harriot, John Sparke||Foxglove, Plum, Dock, Peach, Corn Marigold, St John's wort, Pear, Succory, Hollyhock, Cowslip, Tobacco|
|1585 (3)||Second Expedition to Roanoake||Richard Grenville, Edward Kelley, John White, Thomas Wise, Robert Masters, John Stukley, Christopher Broking, John Arundel, Edward Gorges, Thomas Cavendish, Walter Raleigh||Honeysuckle, Dovesfoot, Saxifrage, Bramble, Melilot, Peppermint, Oxeye daisy, Wild Pink, Mullein, Potato, Hop|
|1586 (4)||Roanoke Colony and Fort Raleigh||Francis Walsingham, Ralph Lane, John Harris, Francis Drake, Philip Sidney, Richard Grenville, Thomas Ford, Thomas Luddington, George Raymond, Marmaduke Constable, David Williams||Scabious, Parsley, Broad Leaved Dock, Good King Henry, Betony, Weld, Alkanet, Crosswort, Columbine, Hazel, Nonesuch|
|1587 (5)||Fourth year on Roanoke Island||John White, George Howe, Edward Spicer, Roger Pratt, Edward Stafford, Roger Bayle, John Humphrey, George Maynard, Ananias Dare, Eleanor Dare, Virginia Dare||Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Burdock, Houseleek, Chervil, Forget-me-not, Bugle, Tutsan, Bladder Campion, Pimpernel, Strawberry, Thyme|
|1588- 1590 (6)||End of the Roanoke Colony||Richard Grenville, William Winter, John Hawkins, Francis Drake, Anthony Cage, George More, Martin Frobisher, Robert Hughes, Lord Howard of Effingham, Christopher Cooper, Thomas Stevens||Basil, Briar Rose, Bay, Periwinkle, Feverfew, Tansy, Willow Herb, Elder, Borage, Alexanders, Comfrey|
|1595- 1596 (7)||Expedition to the Guyanas||Walter Raleigh, Lawrence Kemys, Anthony Ashley, John Donne, Thomas Howard, John Hartington, Robert Devereux, Francis Vere, Charles Howard, George Carew, Thomas Bodley||Globe Thistle, Stitchwort, Orpine, Water lily, Black Poplar, Wormwood, Winter savory, Dill, Bell heather, Flax, Sneezewort|
|1602- 1603 (8)||Expedition to Cape Cod||Bartholomew Gosnold, Gabriel Archer, William Strete, John Brereton, John Popham, John Hele, William Parker, Bartholomew Gilbert, Thomas Walker, Edward Hayes, Walter Raleigh||Red Valerian, Squill, Toadflax, Plymouth Thistle, Archangel, Vervain, Hedge mustard, Lily of the Valley, Self heal, Buttercup, Majoram|
|1605 (9)||Expedition to Maine||George Waymouth, Henry Wriothesley, Walter Mathew, Wiliam Rosecarrock, Ferdinando Gorges, John Popham, Robert Martin, Thomas Arundell, Richard Aldworth, Thomas Smythe, James Rosier||White Rose, Violet, Groundsel, Rest Harrow, Knapweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Bluebell, Fennel, Clowns Ringwort, Lady’s Mantle, Tare|
|1606 (10)||Plymouth Company and London Company||John Popham, William Parker, George Popham, Raleigh Gilbert, Thomas Hanham, John Maddock, John Dodderidge, William Waad, James Bagg, Henry Challons, Martin Pring||Cotton Lavender, Lemon balm, Bittersweet, Willow Tree, Celandine, Meadowsweet, Red Campion, Bugloss, Woad, Thistle, Fumitory|
|1607 (11)||Jamestown Settlement||Christopher Newport, Bartholomew Gosnold, Henry Montagu, Robert Cecil, John Smith, Chief Powhatan, George Percy, John Ratcliffe, Walter Cope, Edward Maria Wingfield, Robert Killigrew||Lady’s Smock, Furze, Poppy, Privet, Primrose, Pink Rose, Bindweed, Pellitory, Cornflower, Rue, Plantain|
|1607- 1608 (12)||Expedition to Maine, Popham Colony (Sagadahoc)||Francis Popham, William Parker, Matthew Sutcliffe, Richard Champernoune, Thomas Horner, Edward Rodgers, John Mallet, Raleigh Gilbert, George Popham, Roger Warre, Abraham Jennings||Ground Ivy, Ragwort, Great Willowherb, Agrimony, Teasel, Rocket, Germander, Oak, Dovesfoot, Ribwort, Sage|
|1609- 1610 (13)||Bermuda claimed after Sea Venture shipwreck||Thomas Campbell, William Godolphin, William Shakespeare, William Strachey, Thomas Gates, William Craven, George Somers, Matthew Somers, Henry Wriothesley, Richard Frobisher, Robert Aldworth||Yellow Iris, Orach, Rose, Hawkweed, Wood Sorrel, Water mint, Yellow Poppy, Gentian, Biting Stonecrop, Solomon’s Seal, Goldenrod|
|1613- 1614 (14)||Jamestown Settlement grows||Samuel Argall, Pocahontas, John Rolfe, Thomas Dale, Thomas Smythe, John Borlase, Prince Charles, John Scobie, Richard Buck, Thomas Hayes, Thomas Savage, John Smith||Spurge, Horehound, Tormentil, Love in a Mist, Sloe, Eyebright, Red Clover, Oxlip, Marshmallow, Garlic, Sow Thistle|
|1616 (15)||John Rolfe brings Pocahontas to England||Michael Drayton, John Rolfe, John Smith, Thomas West, William Shakespeare, John Leman, Edward Lawrence, Thomas Dale, John King, George Yeardley, Ben Jonson||Clary, Rhubarb, Great Burnet, Mercury, Scurvy-grass, Sea holly, Wallflower, Purple loosestrife, Water Ragwort, Figwort, Lime Tree|
|1617- 1618 (16)||Failure of Raleigh’s Expedition to the Guyanas||Roger North (Oyapoc), Robert Trelawney, Henry Rolfe, Lewis Stukley, Henry Montagu, Robert Tounson, Samuel Argall, Nicholas Frankwell, Walter Raleigh, John Bingley, Edward Coke||Tamarisk, Nepeta, Tarragon, Hellebore, Sweet William, Cherry, Prince of Wales’ Feathers, Holly Tree, Gooseberry, Mouse Ear, Mulberry|
|1619 (17)||House of Burgesses, Slaves and Bartered Brides||George Yeardley, William Paget, Henry and Thomas Lyle, William Cavendish, William Herbert, John Mason, Edward Seymour, William Cockayne, Robert Spencer, William Tucker, Edwin Sandys||Chickweed, Wortleberry, Service Tree, Cocks Head, Woodrush, Opium poppy, Avens, Onion, Yam, Beech, Orchis|
|1620 (18)||Mayflower Compact||John Robinson, Edward Winslow, William Brewster, Henry Wallis, Ferdinando Gorges, William Bradford, Gerryt Lanaertz, Edward Richards, John Plumleigh, Thomas Fownes, John Carver||Speedwell, Chamomile, Mayflower, Valerian, Rosemary, Lavender, Nettle, Herb Robert, Wild Arum, Ivy, Spearmint|
|1621- 1623 (19)||Indian Raids, beginning of New Hampshire||David Thompson, Leonard Pomeroy, John Mason, Thomas Hobson, Robert Rich, Abraham Colmer, Edward Hilton, Robert Gorges, Alexander Shapleigh, Myles Standish, Thomas Weston||Indian Corn, Crab Apple, Barberry, French Lungwort, White clover, Barren Strawberry, Lungwort, Runner bean, Currant, Horse Chestnut, Lilac|
|1624- 1630 (20)||Massachusetts Bay Colony, Dorchester Company||John White, John Warham, John Wolstenholm, Roger Conant, Thomas Morton, Edward Rossiter, Thomas Holcombe, Roger Clap, Jonathan Gillett, John Endecott, James Gould||Rocket, Snowdrop, Pasque flower, Garlic Mustard, Hyssop, Wolf’s Bane, Cranesbill, Dead Nettle, Elm, Leopard's bane, Fritillary|
|1630 (21)||Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop||Adam Winthrop, William Laud, Richard Saltonstall, Hugh Peter, Matthew Craddock, Isaac Johnson, John Winthrop, Emmanuel Downing, William Coddington, William Pynchon, John Underhill||Loosestrife, Musk Mallow, Hounds-Tongue, White Bryony, Hairless Catmint, Spindle, Organy, Jacob’s Ladder, American Winter Cress, Brooklime, Campion|
|1628- 1634 (22)||Calvert family and the Province of Maryland||George Calvert, Cecil Calvert, Leonard Calvert, Richard Blount, Thomas Dorrell, Thomas Cornwallis, Richard Gerard, Jerome Hawley, Henrietta Maria, Edward Winter, Jerome Weston, Nicholas Ferfax||Dyer’s Greenweed, Quince, Scarlet Pimpernel, Nettleleaved Bellflower, Sea Beet, Asparagus, Sand Spurrey, Meadow Clary, Marsh Marigold, Monkshood, Sweet Cicely|
|1635- 1641 (23)||New England, Harvard College and Taunton||Nicholas Frost, Anne Hutchinson, John Eliot, Nathaniel Eaton, Henry Dunster, Thomas Gorges, Roger Williams, Drapers Company, John Harvard, Elizabeth Pole||Pennyroyal, Scabwort, Astrantia, Vetch, Wayfaring Tree, Dark Mullein, Centaury, Green Alkanet, Saxifrage, Corn Cockle, Sweet Woodruff|
|1642 (24)||Great gardeners and herbalists. English Civil War begins||William Turner, Edward Seymour, Henry Lyte, Robert Cecil, Thomas Johnson, Nicholas Culpeper, John Gerard, John Tradescant the elder, John Parkinson, Henry Danvers, John Tradescant the younger||Simpson, Fleabane, Pot Marigold, Scots Rose, Stag’s Horn Sumach, Larkspur, Navelwort, Wild Candytuft, Spiderwort, Charlock, Aster|
Research for the New World Tapestry’s twenty four panels began in 1980. Tom Mor was joined by Tom Maddock, a retired friend from Ivybridge. Over the months they travelled hundreds of miles together, researching the two hundred sixty four people who would be named on the tapestry. Heraldic expert Paul Presswell of Buckfastleigh identified all the Coats of Arms of the people, colleges and companies involved. The result has been the creation alongside the tapestry of a library of files on each person and a collection of reference books of great use to researchers, scholars and teachers.
Two hundred sixty four armorial shields run along the top and bottom tapestry borders throughout its length, alternating with illustrations of the same number of flowers of herbs, medicinal plants, trees and shrubs. The latter are shown because the colonists took ointments and cure-alls with them on their voyages and plant hunters returned with such things as the potato and tobacco.
All the flowers and florets depicted were drawn from nature by Tom Mor, who studied them under a watchmaker’s glass. He was helped from the very early days by Freda Simpson of Plymouth, who was passionately interested in herbs and old herbal remedies. She identified and gave him over 230 flower specimens in the years that Mor lived with his wife and family in Plymouth. Later they moved to Cambridge were he was able to complete the set of 264 drawings with the help of Clive King and Caroline Lawes of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Lady Jane Renfrew of Lucy Cavendish College and Alison Davies, Monica Stokes and Edna Norman.
The first Oblique Gobelin stitch was made on 26 September 1980 in Prysten House in Plymouth, by U.S. Ambassador the Hon. Kingman Brewster. The coat of arms of His Excellency's ancestor, Pilgrim leader William Brewster, appears on the 1620 Mayflower Panel.
The last Oblique Gobelin stitch was made by HRH Prince Charles on 3 March 2000 in the Orchard Room of his home at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. Most fittingly, with his interest in history and a keen gardener himself, the Prince put his golden wool stitch in the date of the 1642 Great Gardeners and Herbalists’ Panel.