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University ceremony for King Richard III

A brief ceremony to mark the departure of the mortal remains of King Richard III from the University campus took place on Sunday 22 March.

News Highlights

Historic reception brings together people connected by a bloody history

Historian reveals Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard III are cousins

New exhibit to reveal latest research on Richard III's DNA and ancestry

Kevin Schurer

Benedict Cumberbatch


Descendants from the Battle of Bosworth, identified by us are brought together for the first time.

Professor Kevin Schürer discovers link to Sherlock star and the last Plantagenet King.

Science Museum in London to run Richard III exhibit from 25 March to 25 June.

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Scientists trial system to improve safety at sea

In this podcast, Dr Nigel Bannister from of Department of Physics and Astronomy discusses a new concept he his proposing that could significantly reduce the search areas for missing boats and planes.

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Time-lapse recording of the dig at the Richard III burial site

The Medieval stone coffin found at the Richard III burial site

Training tomorrow's doctors - Centre for Medicine

This is a complete recording of the whole four week second dig at the Grey Friars site which took place in August 2013, including narration by archaeologist Mat Morris.

In this video, University of Leicester Archaeologists open the mysterious lead coffin found buried just feet from the former grave of King Richard III.

In this video, breast cancer patient Nicola O’Brien talks about the transformative influence of well-trained doctors as she backs the Centre for Medicine Appeal.

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