Award for King Richard III Visitor Centre

Posted by ap507 at Nov 05, 2014 10:25 AM |
Dr Richard Buckley accepts British Guild of Travel Writers’ award

The King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, which prominently features the work of the University of Leicester, has won the UK category of the British Guild of Travel Writers' top annual tourism awards.

The awards were presented at a glittering awards ceremony in London's Savoy Hotel, sponsored by the Louisiana Tourist Board and Brand USA. Each tourism project was completed within the past three years, each was nominated by a Guild member and selected via a secret ballot of the Guild's 270 professional journalists, writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers.

The King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester won in the UK category, the Andreasstrasse Memorial & Education Centre, Erfurt, Germany took top honours in the European Category while the High Line Park in NYC was the winner for the Wider World category. The two runners up in the UK category were the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London and Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Wiltshire.

The award was accepted by Dr Richard Buckley OBE from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services who led the archaeology team that discovered the remains of King Richard III. Martin Traynor, Chairman of the King Richard III Visitor Centre Board of Trustees also attended the ceremony and said: “The King Richard III Visitor Centre opened earlier this year to much acclaim and has proven to be a popular attraction in Leicester ever since. To be recognised by the wider tourism community and in particular, the British Guild of Travel Writers, is testament to the unique story that we’re telling about the Dynasty, Death and Discovery of King Richard III.”

  • Press Release
  • 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.