Lifting the lid on the science and collaborations behind Richard III discovery

Posted by ap507 at Mar 11, 2014 10:30 AM |
Big Bang Fair stand on Richard III highlights interdisciplinary research by University in uncovering last Plantagenet king between 13-16 March

The University will be showcasing the science and widespread collaboration that went into the discovery of Richard III with a free four-day interactive stand at the upcoming Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) between 13-16 March 2014.

The University’s stand, ‘Richard III: the Science Behind the Discovery’, highlights how the discovery of Richard III crossed disciplines, becoming a huge collaboration encompassing research in the fields of Archaeology, Osteoarchaeology, Genetics, Geography, Engineering, Mathematics, English and History.

The event will be the first time the whole University has come together to put on a show at the Big Bang Fair and will feature a range of interactive activities explaining how:

  • Armour, weapons and wounds are used to identify marks on skeletons
  • Archaeologists identify objects found on digs
  • Genetics and DNA are used to identify remains

The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK, aimed principally at those aged 7-19.

The event is open for school groups between 13-14 March and family and community groups between 15-16 March.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.
  • Press Release