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.
In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote, in every possible way, research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a reassessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role of this monarch in English history.
"… 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 …
Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £12 per year.
The Society's shop contains books, postcards, prints and much much more. To see what is available to buy please view our catalogue.
The Barton Library contains hundreds of titles, both non-fiction and fiction that are available for members to borrow. For more information click here.
We will sometimes send out emails with the latest news, or information about events we think may be of interest to you. Any member wishing to join, or re-join, our mailing list should e-mail our Communications Manager, Amanda Geary. Please note that the mailing list is available to Society members only.
'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.
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'King Not Guilty!' … In a trial of Shakespeare's Richard III held in aid of the Shakespeare Schools Foundation at the Novello Theatre in London on 29 April, King Richard III was found 'Not Guilty' by the jury. The Society's Chairman, Dr Phil Stone, attended the event. more …
New Data Protection laws are due to come into effect on 25th May 2018. The Society will now require consent from Members in order to contact them. For more information please click here.
For Members currently signed up to receive RIII Mailing e-mails you will shortly see an e-mail from us requesting your consent for the Society to retain your details or remove your details from the distribution list.
Further to the AGM hotel information provided in the March Bulletin please note the following: Members wishing to book a room should call bedroom reservations at the Grand on 0844 815 9012 and select Option 1. They should quote the Society’s block code reference of KINR290918. This will bring up the discounted rate of 15% off the rate of the day with breakfast. Members should be aware that this is pre-payable, non-refundable and non-transferable.
Nominations are now being accepted for membership of the Executive Committee. All nominations must be accompanied by a completed application form. Completed forms must be received by the Society Secretary by 1 July 2018.
Submissions are invited for the third round in 2018 of the annual / biennial Mortimer History Society Essay Prize. The closing date for entries is 1st December 2018. The aim of the competition is to promote and stimulate scholarly research into and popular interest in:
• the history of the medieval Mortimer family of Wigmore (and it’s cadet branches, e.g. Chirk, Chelmarsh);
• and, the Welsh Marches in the Middle Ages from 1066 to 1500.
Further information on how to enter 2018’s competition can be found here.
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!
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 …
The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.
Learn more about Philippa’s exciting new research project, and how you can help.
Read the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.
Updated versions of some of John's Powerpoint presentations are available on his website on his web site where you can download them.
This year's Middleham Festival runs from 6th-8th July and begins with a Medieval Banquet on the evening of 6th July. There will be a series of talks on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon; speakers will include Philippa Langley MBE, Matthew Lewis (on Richard, Duke of York), and the Society's Research Officer, Joanna Laynesmith (on Cecily Neville, Duchess of York).
There are also talks on 'The Voice for Richard III' project. The Society will also have a stall at the Festival, so please come and say hello! Tickets are available from the Middleham Key Centre on 01969 624411.