A square mile from the grave: a tour of Richard III's Leicester

Posted by de57 at Mar 21, 2013 03:35 PM |
Academic based at the University of Leicester takes viewers on a tour of medieval Leicester

Colin Hyde, from the East Midland’s Oral History Archive based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, has created a short YouTube documentary featuring the many Richard III sites in Leicester.

In the short video we are taken on a whistle-stop tour of what used to be medieval Leicester, beginning at High cross Street and ending at Leicester Cathedral.

Colin introduces us to some of the many Richard III plaques around the city, as well as drawing attention to medieval places of note including Wygston’s House and the Guildhall, which now hosts a major exhibition about Richard III.

The film was recorded before the Grey Friars skeleton was confirmed as the remains of King Richard III, when hoards of people were queuing patiently to get a glimpse at the archaeological dig site in a council car park.

The East Midlands Oral History Archive is a joint project to conserve and develop oral history resources in the East Midlands, supported by the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.

You can watch the short documentary below:


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