University of Leicester: King Richard III media operational note

Posted by pt91 at Mar 19, 2015 10:49 AM |
Media opportunities from the University that discovered and identified the mortal remains of King Richard III

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 March 2015

  • Accreditation for all media events is being provided by Leicester Cathedral at St Martin's House.

Saturday 21st March, 10am-4pm

Venue: University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

Parking for media will be available in the University Sports Centre car park accessed via Entrance 1 on University Road. Contact pt91@le.ac.uk before 3pm on Friday 20 March to book parking.

King Richard III Day

The University will be hosting a public open day on Saturday 21 March which media are welcome to attend. More information is available here: www.le.ac.uk/kr3events

The following key media opportunities on Saturday 21 March are:

Members of the team that discovered King Richard III and identified him will be available on the day, please contact Ellen Rudge on er143@le.ac.uk if you wish to arrange interviews.

Sunday 22nd March

Venue: Fielding Johnson Building lawn, University of Leicester

Media entrance via University of Leicester Visitors’ Entrance, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH  (where the sports centre is located and entrance to Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College)

  • Satellite truck parking only: In VIP car park immediately behind security lodge

  • All other media parking: In sports centre car park

Please report to media accreditation tent in centre of campus after parking to register and collect your press pack

Map and directions: www.le.ac.uk/maps

 

Departure of the mortal remains of King Richard III from the University of Leicester

  • First opportunity to see the coffin
  • Media must be in situ no later than 10am – satellite crews need to be set up by 9am
  • A two-tier platform for television cameras will be set up. Total surface area is approximately 10.8m x 3.6m at a height of 1.2m and 1.8m
  • There will be standing room for media in front of the platform, as well as to the sides.
  • The distance from the car park to filming platform is 150m

The coffin with the mortal remains of King Richard III will depart in a hearse from the University of Leicester on Sunday 22 March following a brief public ceremony from 10.50am-11.40am

All members of the University of Leicester’s Richard III research team will be available to interview from 9.15am to 9.45am, and from 11.45am onwards.

For media arriving before 9am there are also opportunities to interview members of the academic team.

Wifi access on campus will be available through The Cloud. More information can be found on our IT Help website. Register now for The Cloud.

A limited number of audio feeds are available for broadcast media: balanced line level on XLR connector. Cables and adaptors will not be provided.

Breakfast will be on sale in the Students’ Union outlets and the Queen’s Hall foyer from 8am, click here to download the menu. Starbucks will be open from 8am and the Library Café will also be open during the day.

Monday 23rd March

9.30am at the Grand Hall, St Martin’s House, next to the Cathedral in Peacock Lane

Press conference

Interview opportunities with:

  • Richard III relatives Wendy Duldig and Michael Ibsen & family
  • University of Leicester academics who identified the remains: Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Schϋrer (genealogy expert) and Dr Turi King (genetics expert)
  • Artist Jacquie Binns, who has designed artwork that will form a part of Richard III’s resting place

Tuesday 24th March

9.30am at the Grand Hall, St Martin’s House, next to the Cathedral in Peacock Lane

 

Press conference

Interview opportunities with:

  • Richard Buckley, leader of the Grey Friars dig
  • Professor Kevin Schϋrer (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and genealogy expert) and Dr Turi King (genetics expert)
  • Other members of the Grey Friars research team depending on availability

2pm at the Grand Hall, St Martin’s House, next to the Cathedral in Peacock Lane

 

Press conference

Interview opportunities with:

  • Co-authors of 'The Bones of a King', telling the complete story behind the identification of Richard III: University of Leicester: archaeology expert Professor Lin Foxhall and Historian for the Guardian Maev Kennedy
  • Former University of Leicester historian David Baldwin, who predicted the discovery of Richard III in a paper in 1986
  • University of Leicester historian Professor Norman Housley
  • Richard Knox, Project 1485 Officer at Leicestershire County Council's Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Wednesday 25th March

From 9.30am at Leicestershire County Council's Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Fenn Lane Farm

Media opportunity

Interview opportunities with:

  • Dr Turi King
  • Wendy Duldig, Michael Ibsen & family
  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre officers

Contact Steve Pumfrey, Leicestershire County Council at: steve.pumfrey@leics.gov.uk for more information.

5.00pm – 7pm at Hotel Maiyango, 13-21 Saint Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD

Press conference

Interview opportunities with:

  • Professor Kevin Schϋrer
  • Bosworth descendants who are brought together for the first time as a result of the work of the University of Leicester

Accreditation for all media events is being provided by Leicester Cathedral at St Martin's House which is adjacent to Leicester Cathedral, and limited office space for the media is available at the BBC, behind the Cathedral.

Further events will be taking place in the city and around Leicester Cathedral. An area of the Cathedral gardens will be set aside for television crews to report events, and due to limited space pooling arrangements will be in place.

Other events taking place in the City:

Monday 23rd March, 2pm – 3.30pm

Venue: Grand Hall, St Martin’s House, next to the Cathedral in Peacock Lane

Richard III Society press conference. Contact stephscott17@btinternet.com

Wednesday 25th March

Venue: Grand Hall, St Martin’s House, next to the Cathedral in Peacock Lane

9.30am – 11am

Interview opportunities

 

 

Bishop Tim Stevens, Dean David Monteith and other members of the team responsible for the services in Leicester Cathedral

2pm – 3.30pm

The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, City Centre Director Sarah Harrison, and a representative from the County talking about the future for the City and County

6.15pm to 9.00pm

King Richard lll Visitor Centre open for accredited press and media.

Monday – Wednesday, Times TBC

Venue: The Phoenix Cinema

A Rhys Davis film ‘Finding Richard’

Monday – Wednesday, 11am - 8pm

Venue: The Guildhall

Art Exhibition, pictures by Kirsteen Thomson

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