Search for Richard III: Acknowledgements

Projects such as this could not have succeeded without the contribution of many individuals and organisations.  The University of Leicester would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their participation:

The Archaeological Team

Project manager/lead archaeologist: Richard Buckley

Site Director: Mathew Morris

Site Supervisor: Leon Hunt

University of Leicester archaeological team: Steve Baker, Jon Coward, Tony Gnanaratnam, Tom Hoyle, Neil Jefferson; Dr Turi King

Volunteers: Pauline Carroll, Martin Henson, Pauline Houghton, Andrew Mcleish, Kim Sidwell, Ken Wallace (metal detector)

Head of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History: Professor Lin Foxhall

Project Osteologist: Dr Jo Appleby

GPR survey: Claire Graham and Robbie Austrums of Stratascan Ltd;

Finds processing: Nick Cooper with the aid of Heidi Addison and Pauline Houghton

Archaeological Illustrator: Jill Atherton

Archaeological Illustrator: Susan Ripper

Animal Bone Specialist: Jen Browning

Architectural Fragments Specialist: Dr Jackie Hall

Roman Pottery Specialist: Elizabeth Johnson

Medieval Pottery Specialist: Debbie Sawday

Environmental Specialist: Anita Radini

Radiocarbon Dating: Derek Hamilton of SUERC

Radiocarbon Dating: Christopher Ramsey of ORAU

3D Printing of Replica Skeleton: Dr Russell Harris and David Thompson of Loughborough University

Facial Reconstruction: Professor Caroline Wilkinson of the University of Dundee

Analysis of Scoliosis: Dr Piers Mitchell, University of Cambridge

Project Weapons Expert: Robert Woosnam-Savage of Royal Armouries

Archaeology PhD Students: Rebecca Gordon, Meghann Mahoney, Eric Tourigny

Thanks to Dr Richard Thomas for his assistance during the CT scanning and to Deirdre O'Sullivan who advised on medieval religious buildings

Special thanks to Jo Buckberry at the Biological Anthropology Research Centre, Bradford, for allowing access to the Towton skeletons.

We would also like to thank the  staff of the 'secret location' where the bones are retained

East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester

Chief Forensic Pathologist: Professor Guy Rutty MBE

Deputy Chief Pathologist: Dr Stuart Hamilton

Forensic Radiologists: Professor Bruno Morgan and Dr Shona Campbell

PhD student: Alison Brough whose assistance was critical to the processing of CT scans

Forensic Radiographers: Claire Robinson and Sarita Shah

DNA analysis

Project Geneticist: Dr Turi King (University of Leicester)

Ancient DNA Facilities: Turi King would like to thank Professor Michael Hofreiter and Dr Gloria Gonzales Fortes of the University of York and Dr Patricia Balaresque and Laure Tonasso of the Université Paul Sabatier

Dr Turi King would also like to thank John Holt of the Space Research Centre in Leicester for the use of clean room facilities to safeguard samples.

We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Michael Ibsen for his support throughout this project.

Historical Context (University of Leicester)

Head of School of Historical Studies: Professor Roey Sweet

Project Genealogist: Professor Kevin Schürer

Historical Context: Professor Norman Housley

Historical Context: Dr Andrew Hopper

Historical Context: Prof Steven Gunn, Oxford University and Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes, University of Exeter.

Kevin Schürer would also like to thank Morris Bierbrier and David Annal, both independent genealogical research specialists who helped establish the lineage of Richard III.

David Baldwin, former history lecturer at the University

Department of Engineering (University of Leicester)

Tool Mark Analysis: Professor Sarah Hainsworth

PhD student: Richard Earp whose assistance was critical to the processing of CT scans

Technician: Graham Clark

School of Psychology (University of Leicester)

Head of School: Professor Mark Lansdale

Personality Profiling of Richard III: Dr Julian Boon

Blue Boar Inn Reconstruction

Architect: Steffan Davies

Physical Model: Dave Thompson

School of English (University of Leicester)

Medieval & Tudor English Literature Experts: Dr Sarah Knight and Dr Mary Ann Lund

Professor Martin Halliwell (Head of School) and Mrs Carol Arlett (School Manager.

TritonE Early Music trio

Janet Forbes, Mary-Jannet Lieth and Elspeth Robertson

Richard III Society

Originator of the Search: Phillipa Langley

Historian and Author: Dr John Ashdown-Hill

Writer: Annette Carson

Historical Horse Trainer: Dominic Sewell

Authority on Medieval and Renaissance Weapons: Dr Tobias Capwell

Karen Ladniuk


The archaeological team would also like to thank Richard Taylor, Deputy Registrar and Director of Corporate Affairs and Planning and his team, and (especially) Ather Mirza, Director of Press and Corporate News of the University of Leicester.

We would like to thank Emma Viecelli and her team for the fabulous cartoon drawings of the search.

Additionally, thanks to Professor Blair Grubb and Mrs Lyn McCarthy, both Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Professor George Fraser, Space Research Centre, Angela Chorley from the Design Service Studio, Print Services, Estates and Facilities Management - particularly the porters and Security team and specifically Dean Foden and Dave Pidgeon - the Library and Student Support and Development Service.

A general thank you to staff and students of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. They've had film crews and journalists coming and going and taking up space for months, and various staff have also assisted the project team over teaching/marking responsibilities.

University of Leicester Archaeological Services would like to thank Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council; Sarah Levitt, Laura Hadland, Nisha Popat and David Orton, Leicester City Museum Service; and Mick Bowers and the staff of Leicester City Council Social Service and Child Service departments for their patience and interest during the excavation and for allowing us to dig up their car park; also Paul Watkins of William Davis Ltd. for allowing us access to the Alderman Newton’s School playground; and Dave Brown and the staff of JoinPoint for their invaluable expertise and equipment (plant).

The Project was filmed by Darlow Smithson Productions for a Channel 4 documentary by Louise Osmand, Simon Young, Julian Ware, Pete Woods, Alex Rowson, Dwayne McClunie and Simon Farnaby; and for the University of Leicester by Carl Vivian.

Finally, the University would like to extend special thanks to the Richard III Society, particularly Philippa Langley, originator of the search, without whom this project could never have happened.

This list is not exhaustive- there are numerous others whose participation and goodwill have contributed to the success of this historic project.  To you all, we are indebted.

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