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 recent Greyfriars excavation has raised the king's profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for 'Good King Richard'.
"… 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 …
An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more …
The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.
A special trail of Ricardian sites in Leicester is being prepared so members can appreciate the medieval heritage of the city.
The Society is delighted to announce that the actor, director and writer, Sir Timothy Ackroyd, will be the narrator of the Middleham Requiem. His acting debut was in 1976 when he was nominated as 'Most Promising Newcomer' in the West End Theatre Awards for his performance as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus's Agamemnon. His London début was in Brian Forbes' controversial and hugely successful Macbeth at The Old Vic and he has appeared in the television movies Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell and Lost in Africa. In 1989 he helped found the Tusk Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving and protecting African wildlife.
These ballots have now closed and been drawn. Successful applicants are currently being contacted.
28 July 2014: Philippa Langley and Michael Jones' book published last year has now been released as a paperback and includes a new chapter entitled 'Towards Reburial'. Available from the Society Shop.
Tuesday 6 January 2015. King Richard III featured as the 'Great Life' in the 6 January 2015 episode. For those not familiar with the programme, this is Radio 4's biography series first broadcast in 2001 and is currently presented by journalist Matthew Parris. A guest is asked to nominate a person they believe is deserving of the title and, together with an expert, often a biographer, the life is discussed during the 28-minute programme. more …
The Society is planning a series of events for its members during the Reinterment week 23 – 27 March including:
In the evening there will be a special service for members at Leicester Cathedral. The service will be based on the Anglian liturgy of Evensong with invited representatives of the Roman Catholic faith
The Middleham Requiem, composed by Geoffrey Davidson and premiered at Fotheringhay Church in 1993, will be performed on the evening of King Richard's reinterment at St James the Greater, Leicester. This will be a poignant and unique event.