Shirley Ann Brown

Professor emerita, Art History, York University, Canada

Shirley Ann Brown is Professor emerita of Art History at York University, and a member of the international advisory committee for the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.

She has published numerous studies of the Bayeux Tapestry, both in the context of medieval art and culture, and with regards to how it has been appropriated as nationalistic propaganda in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • –present
    Full Professor emerita, York University


  • 1978 
    Cornell University, PhD
  • 1967 
    Ohio State University, MA
  • 1965 
    University of Manitoba, BID


  • 2018
    "Why the Nazis fell in love with the Bayeux Tapestry", BBC History
  • 2015
    "A building is more than a building: Reading the Bayeux Tapestry's architecture", Text. For the study of textile art, design and history
  • 2013
    The Bayeux Tapestry: A Sourcebook,
  • 2012
    "The strange tale of the Bayeux Tapestry, archaeology and the Nazi party", British Archaeology
  • 2011
    "Decoding Operation Matilda: the Bayeux Tapestry, the Nazis and German Pan-Nationalism", The Bayeux Tapestry. New Approaches
  • 2002
    Christ in Celtic Christianity,
  • 1988
    The Bayeux Tapestry: History and Bibliography,