Richard III Society pays tribute to exemplary archaeological research
Issued by the Richard III Society on 8 October 2012
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The Richard III Society has placed on record its unbounded admiration and appreciation for those involved in the phenomenally successful search for King Richard III’s last resting place.
The Society at its recent AGM honoured the project’s prime mover and motivator, Philippa Langley, with its Robert Hamblin Award, which was established in 2002 to recognise work of outstanding service by a member. Ms Langley was also awarded honorary life membership in recognition of the
particular merit of the Greyfriars Dig.
Philippa Langley, a screenwriter who is secretary of the Society’s Scottish Branch, conceived the project and worked unaided for several years before approaching the Society for support.
The successful discovery of the mediaeval church of the Greyfriars in Leicester, believed to be the king’s last resting place, has been greeted with world-wide acclaim. The Society applauds it as exemplary archaeological research, and hopes that examination of the male mortal remains discovered at the site may show them to be King Richard III himself.
The Richard III Society has been working since 1924 to secure a reassessment of King Richard’s place in English history and to challenge the myths that surround his life and reputation.
The Society is proud of its support and funding of this endeavor in partnership with the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Promotions, Leicester Adult Schools, and many generous individual donors.
All who have an interest in Richard III, and in England’s mediaeval history, are now eagerly awaiting the analyses being conducted by the university’s experts, whose attempts at identification will be aided by the discovery of King Richard’s mtDNA by another Richard III Society member, Dr John Ashdown-Hill.
Philippa Langley, on accepting the Robert Hamblin Award, said she wished to pay her own tribute to the wonderful team who had helped to bring this ‘impossible dream’ to fruition.
Since the release of the Society’s press release the University of Leicester has commented:
Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs at the University, said: “This award is a testament to Philippa’s tenacity and passion and the fact that her visionary project was realised by the outstanding work of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services.
“This award is richly deserved and while our Search for King Richard III goes on in terms of a scientific analysis of the remains that have been found, we are pleased to pay tribute to the efforts of all those who assisted the University of Leicester in achieving a potentially momentous discovery.”
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About the Richard III Society
With a worldwide membership and local branches the Society is actively engaged in original research through its own initiatives and through collaboration with other institutions and scholars. Through the Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, a charitable body established by the Society, we publish important academic works and make research grants.
The Society publishes an annual journal, The Ricardian, with original articles on fifteenth century history and a quarterly members’ magazine the Ricardian Bulletin.
Members of the Richard III Society are available for media interview on any topic concerning the life and times of Richard III, the Leicester dig or any related matter.
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