Richard III workshops for Leicester schoolchildren

Posted by er134 at May 30, 2013 11:40 AM |
Primary school children will come to the University of Leicester to learn about the science and archaeology used in the Discovery of Richard III

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 May 2013

Photo opportunity: Schoolchildren from Granby Primary School and St Joseph’s Voluntary Academy with University of Leicester experts and a medieval knight in full armour – 10am Wednesday June 5, Fielding Johnson Building main entrance at the University of Leicester.

Leicester schoolchildren will learn the scientific and archaeological skills used to uncover King Richard III at a series of workshop days in June.

More than 500 pupils from ten Leicester City primary schools will hear from University of Leicester archaeology and genetics experts at the Richard III Campus Visit days between June 4 and June 10.

Groups of up to 70 children from years 5 and 6 will travel to the University campus, where they will hear from Debbie Miles-Williams, from the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, and Dr Cas Kramer, from the Department of Genetics.

The children will discover about key archaeological skills – such as identifying artefacts – as well as the findings from the Grey Friars dig and analysis of the skeleton.

They will also find out some of the key genetic concepts that helped researchers identify the Grey Friars skeleton – and will even learn how to extract DNA from a banana.

A medieval knight in full armour will demonstrate how King Richard III received his fatal battlefield injuries.

Student outreach volunteers will also deliver hands-on activities.

Debbie Miles-Williams, archaeological illustrator, outreach officer and careers tutor at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, said: “This is a great opportunity for pupils to learn and engage with Archaeology and Genetics through Richard III and the circumstances surrounding his discovery and subsequent identification and the fun of meeting a Medieval Knight.”

Participating schools include Woodstock Primary School, Heatherbrook Primary School, Humberstone Primary School, Granby Primary School, St Joseph’s Voluntary Academy, Hazel Community Primary, Herrick Primary School, Montrose Primary School, Highfields Primary School and Bridge Junior School.

  • 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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