Renowned author Philippa Gregory to open new galleries at Bosworth

Posted by ap507 at Jun 23, 2014 04:55 PM |
New exhibition 'The Bosworth Battlefield Quest' to launch Tuesday 24 June

World-renowned author Philippa Gregory (pictured) will be at Bosworth next week for the launch of the Battlefield Heritage Centre’s new galleries.

On Tuesday 24 June Gregory, whose works include The White Queen and the Other Boleyn Girl, will be officially opening the first significant changes to the exhibition displays at Bosworth since the discovery of Richard III’s remains by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

The story of the search for the lost battle location, finally realised in 2009, has been refreshed to become The Bosworth Battlefield Quest.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to follow the hunt for the site of the battlefield by exploring clues – including the Ricardian ‘boar badge’ and a unique collection of 34 cannon shot - with a few red herrings thrown in along the way.

They can also have a go at 're-fighting' the battle and see who wins this time round.

In the final gallery, the reigns of Richard III and Henry Tudor are explored as well as the contrast in their deaths and burial.

The galleries also features objects from Leicestershire’s collections which include tiles ripped from priory floors, medieval and Tudor coinage and certain religious artefacts.

The displays have been developed with input from the Richard III Society, the Henry Tudor Society and the University of Leicester.

Next month will also see the official opening of the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester on Saturday 26 July.