Richard III's remarkable story brought to Leicester with a detailed exhibition showcasing his discovery, identification and mystery

Posted by ap507 at Mar 17, 2016 01:25 PM |
Richard III: Discovered runs from Saturday 19 March until Wednesday 23 March at the Highcross

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 March 2016

Photos of the Richard III: Discovered exhibition run at the Royal Society last year are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ba4gf5uxidbl96s/AAAoKOaf2I5aKKIchvzoa5Qha?dl=0

Photo opps: The best time for interviews/photos would be the morning of Tuesday 22 March (9-12) at Highcross

  • The comprehensive story of how the former King of England was found and identified is coming to Highcross to mark the one anniversary of the re-interment
  • Members of the public will be able to meet the team which found and positively identified the king's remains – Tuesday 22 March only
  • Richard III: Discovered runs from Saturday 19 March until Wednesday 23 March, 9.30am-4pm

Highcross will host a beguiling exhibition of history, science and a rediscovered king as it pays tribute to the University of Leicester team which found Richard III.

Richard III: Discovered was originally spearheaded last year by Dr Turi King from the University of Leicester's Department of Genetics at the Royal Society for its prestigious Summer Science Exhibition.

The showcase includes the complete story of how the lost Last Plantagenet was rediscovered, identified and then reburied at Leicester Cathedral – a global event witnessed by millions of people around the world.

Last June, the exhibition welcomed thousands of people, including physicist Professor Brian Cox, who went along to the Royal Society, in London, to meet the Greyfriars team and discuss the archaeological and scientific processes which led to the astonishing discovery.

Now, the event has been re-launched at Highcross to coincide with the one year anniversary of the king's re-interment at Leicester Cathedral.

It begins on Saturday 19 March and runs until Wednesday 23 March.

On Tuesday 22 March members of the public will be able to meet the team behind the discovery: Dr Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Dr Turi King, Dr Jo Appleby and Carl Vivian.

The six day event also includes 3D videos and photos as well as staff and students from the University who will be on hand to explain every aspect of the project to visitors.

Organiser Jim Butler, Head of Corporate Events at the University, said: “The anniversary of the re-interment is the perfect opportunity to share this exhibition with the people of Leicester for the first time.

“It was created by the celebrated University of Leicester team who made the discoveries and presents the complex scientific information in very clear and meaningful ways.”

On Saturday 19 March and Tuesday 22 March, medieval re-enactor, Andy Hyam, will also be at the exhibition wearing plate armour to highlight how Richard III received his numerous battle wounds at Bosworth.

The remains of King Richard III, who ruled England between 1483 and 1485, were laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26 March, 2015.

The reinterment, which was recognised by the Queen, who sent a personal message which was included in the order of service, was attended by The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Gloucester and actor Benedict Cumberbatch - as well as a host of other dignitaries and notable figureheads.

It marked the end of an unbelievable journey which began in a Leicester City Council carpark in the summer of 2012.

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Notes to editors:

For further information, contact Katie Morris from the University Events team: 0116 252 5498

The best time for interviews/photos would be the morning of Tuesday 22 March (9-12).

 

 

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