Richard III Open Day for all the family

Posted by er134 at May 13, 2013 10:20 AM |
University of Leicester’s Richard III Open Day will provide a host of public activities

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 May 2013

The University of Leicester’s Richard III Open Day will bring fun for all the family – giving everyone the chance to hear from the experts who helped discover the King.

The public will also be able to visit two key departments behind the Search for Richard III - the Department of Genetics and School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

The Richard III Open Day, held on Saturday 29 June, includes an exciting programme of public events to celebrate the discovery of King Richard III by the University.

Visitors can hear from experts Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, geneticist Dr Turi King, forensic engineering expert Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Renaissance literature scholar Dr Sarah Knight, and Dr Tracey Elliott of the School of Law.

There will also be drop-in sessions to the Department of Genetics and School of Archaeology and Ancient History, where guests will be able to participate in workshops, displays and demos.

Dr Turi King, of the University’s Department of Genetics, said: “The Richard III Open Day will be a great chance to hear more about the investigations and research which have gone into our discovery of Richard III.

"The Search for Richard III was very much a team effort - with many different University of Leicester experts from a wide range of departments working together on this incredible project.”

Dr Sarah Knight, of the University’s School of English, said: “This discovery has already affected the way we can use historical, literary and archaeological evidence to explore Richard's reign and how he was represented.

“My talk will look in detail at the late fifteenth and sixteenth century historical accounts of Richard, how the emphasis shifted throughout different Tudors' reigns, and how historical sources helped to shape plays about Richard in the late sixteenth century, not just Shakespeare's famous history play but also less well-known theatrical Richards.”

The events are also part of this year’s Summer Reunion Open Day, held annually for graduates of the University both across the UK and worldwide.

The day features a range of dedicated events and activities organised especially for graduates, staff and friends of the University.

There will be celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Department of Geography, the 50th anniversary of the Department of Engineering and the 90th anniversary of the Students’ Union.

There will also be a BBQ on the main campus, drinks in the 1923 Restaurant and children’s activities.

To book your place and for more information about the Richard III Open Day – which is open to the general public – go to:

Any graduates of the University who would like to find out more about the Summer Reunion Open Day and book their places can call 0116 2231071 or email:

  • 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


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For more information, please contact Rosemary Faint, Alumni Relations Officer, on 0116 223 1071 or at:

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