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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

| Dates that the new Richard III Standard will be flying at Middleham Castle: 1 February: Richard III marries Anne 1473 | 16 March: Queen Anne’s death 1485 | 26 March: Reburial in Leicester of Richard III in 2015 | 16 April: Edward of Middleham died 1484 | 29 June: Richard III granted the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith 1471 | 1-2 July: Middleham Fesitval | 6 July: Richard III crowned 1483 | 22 August: Richard III died 1485 | 2 October: Birth of Richard III 1452 |

Welcome

Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
© Richard III Society.

Welcome to the website of the Richard III Society. We have been working since 1924 to secure a more balanced assessment of the king and to support research into his life and times. The rediscovery of his remains and their re-interment in Leicester Cathedral have raised the king’s profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for a reappraisal of his life and role in English history.

 

Why a society?

"… the purpose—and indeed the strength—of the Richard III Society derives from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies; a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for." Our Patron - the present Richard, Duke of Gloucester. more

 

Join the Society

Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £12 per year.

 

Introductory Reading list.

 

Society Shop

The Society's shop contains books, postcards, prints and much much more. To see what is available to buy please view our catalogue.

 

Agreement regarding use of images

'A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Leicester regarding the appropriate use of the images of King Richard’s remains has been obtained. Following a meeting with the University on 29th July 2016 to discuss the use of images, Philippa and I are pleased to announce that the MoU between our two organisations has now been signed and is published here.'

Phil Stone, Society Chairman.

Read full statement.

 

Latest News

Richard III play in Leicester cathedral

Contrary to reported quotes in the media, the Richard III Society does not support the performance of Shakespeare's play 'Richard III' due to take place in Leicester Cathedral in July.

It is both insensitive and disrespectful to stage a play that denigrates Richard III, an anointed king of England, in the very place where he was re-buried with 'dignity and honour' only two years ago.

Many people, and not just members of the Richard III Society, will be perplexed and disheartened at the prospect of this particular play being performed in the cathedral. We will make our feelings known to the cathedral authorities and will ask that their decision be reversed so that 'dignity and honour' can prevail.

The Executive Committee
Richard III Society

 

A Statement on Behalf of the Looking For Richard Project

It is with great shock and deep disappointment that we have learned of Leicester Cathedral’s plans to stage in July two performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ by Antic Disposition Theatre Company (‘Something Wicked This Way Limps’). The performances are to take place in the cathedral itself where King Richard now lies at rest.

It was the unequivocally stated ethos of the Looking For Richard Project to retrieve the remains of the last Plantagenet monarch and to provide them with the respect and human dignity so conspicuously denied in 1485 when King Richard was killed on the field of battle. This ethos, which followed that of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, was at the heart of Philippa Langley’s agreements with partner institutions and organisations involved in the search for Richard III.

We now join the Richard III Society in urgently calling for the performances of ‘Richard III’ in Leicester Cathedral to be relocated to an alternative venue, and to also request that no future performances of any play or film that might be considered derisive or humiliating to the memory of the king be contemplated, where, it is important to remember, the man himself now lies.

We therefore call upon the Dean and Chapter of Leicester Cathedral to act in accordance with the above and bestow upon King Richard the dignity and honour afforded to all our fallen in battle.

Philippa Langley MBE
Led the Search for Richard III. You can read the full statement here.

 

Looking for Richard III

Question: What took three years, untold amounts of grit and graft, and produced a glittering result?

Answer: Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III.

Many, including academics and archaeologists – not to mention the media – are still reeling from a success that can only be called stunning!

Phlippa Langley next to the grave
Philippa Langley next to the grave.

Philippa Langley knew King Richard III had been 'piteously slain' at Bosworth Field. And she knew the Franciscan Friars of Leicester had laid him to rest in a simple grave. But where to look? Was he still there? And would they let her try to find him?

On 25 August 2012 Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III finally came to fruition!

Find out more …

 

Looking for Richard FAQs

The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.

 

Missing Princes Project

Learn more about Philippa’s exciting new research project, and how you can help.

 

Richard III: Honoured at last

RIII tombRead the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.
 

 

Membership Card Discounts

The list of venues which offer discounted entry rates for holders of a Richard III Society membership card.

 

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Society Events 2017

2017 Event dates for your diary:

Event dates for your diary in 2017:

• 20 August: Bosworth Battlefield visit: Our annual pilgrimage to remember King Richard. Late morning service in Sutton Cheney Church and afternoon looking round the battlefield. more …

• 9 September: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth. We have been to see the Mary Rose at different stages of its preservation, but now she is in her new permanent home and we will be able to see her clearly. more …

• 30th September 2017: Members' Day and AGM. The 2017 Members' Day and AGM will take place on Saturday, 30th September at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 2-8 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London W5 5HN. The guest speaker will be confirmed. more …

• 16 December: Always an eagerly awaited prelude to Christmas. Generous and delicious home cooked meal in the village hall followed by glorious music and traditional readings in the church. more …

Branches & Groups events

Find out more about events organised by Society Branches and Groups in your local area and beyond.