WHAT would the Bayeux Tapestry of Wantage in 2016 look like?

That is the question the town's museum is hoping to answer – with locals' help.

As part of a major exhibition of Wantage textile work over the past 300 years this summer, The Vale and Downland Museum has commissioned a Wantage textile artist to design a sampler which represents the town today and bring it to life it with residents' help.

Anne Griffiths held an initial workshop with volunteers at the Church Street institution last Tuesday they started to draw up some designs.

Her role at the museum has been funded by grants from Vale of White Horse District Council, the Friends of the Museum and Blanshards Fabrics shop in Wantage.

The completed Wantage sampler will form part of the Vale and Downland's upcoming exhibition, Stitches in Time.

This summer the museum will display a collection of Wantage samplers and embroideries that have not been shown to the public for more than 30 years.

The archive, which spans 300 years, was donated by the church embroidery school when it closed in the 1970s.

The museum has also appealed to any residents who have their own historic or contemporary Wantage samplers to loan them for the show.

Museum curator Suzie Tilbury said: "We would love to include some loaned items from local community in our exhibition.

"There may also be sewing boxes or equipment that have strong local stories."

To get in touch email vdmcurator@gmail.com or call the museum on 01235 771447.