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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

Richard III: Honoured at last

        RIII tomb        

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


Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
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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'.


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 £20 per year.


Society Shop

An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more


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

Visit to Bridport commemorated

BridportOn Saturday 5 November a memorial will be unveiled in Bridport commemorating Richard III's visit to the town in 1483. The unveiling takes place on the exact 533rd anniversary of this event. more …


New membership cards

At the 2016 AGM we reported on the introduction of annual membership cards from this year for all members. These will be included as a 'peel off' section of a letter confirming receipt of subscription payment which will be sent with the December Bulletin. more …


Royal Photographic Society Award

The Society would like to congratulate Professor Caroline Wilkinson on receiving the Combined Royal Colleges Award from the Royal Photographic Society for 'an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or medical imaging.' more …


Sandal Castle

Sandal castleIt was with great dismay that we heard about the recent vandalism carried out at Sandal Castle, once the home of King Richard’s father, Richard, Duke of York. more …


Richard III & Sir Henry Wyatt

October’s issue of the BBC History Magazine includes an interesting and informative article by Steven Gunn entitled ‘Henry VII’s brilliant upstarts’ which explores Henry’s use of men in prominent government positions who were not members of the nobility. This group included Sir Henry Wyatt. more …


New Richard III Standard

The new Richard III StandardFollowing recent discussions with English Heritage, the Society is pleased to announce that it is be donating a new Richard III standard to Middleham Castle. more …


Middleham Castle Noticeboard Portrait

After queries received from social media conversations about the noticeboards at Middleham Castle, Society Chairman Phil Stone confirmed the following news: more …


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17 Dec: Fotheringhay Lunch & Carols

A message from Phil Stone:
My thanks to all those who have already signed up for this annual event. Your cheques will be given to the Treasurer in the next week or so.
For those of you who are undecided still, and are hesitant because of the late start and the later than usual return to London, I would like to advise you that there has been a change. The wedding that had caused us to put the service back to 4pm has now been moved to another venue and our service will be at 3 pm as usual.
So, everyone, please note, on Saturday 17th December, the coach will leave London (Charing Cross Embankment) at 9.30 am, lunch will be at 12.30 pm, and the service will begin at 3 pm.
Places are still available. Please contact me, details in the September Bulletin, if you want to come. more …


2017 Event dates for your diary:

Event dates for your diary in 2017:

• 31 March: 2nd April Study Weekend in Shrewsbury. Fully booked.

• 20 May:Banbury and Broughton Castle

• 6-10 July: Long weekend in Lancaster

• 20 August: Bosworth Battlefield visit

• 9 September: Portsmouth Dockyard and Mary Rose

• 16 December: Christmas at Fotheringhay


Branches & Groups events



Richard III Barn, Fenn Lane Farm

Stand-alone barn conversion ideally situated for Bosworth Battlefield, well maintained and reasonably priced. Suitable for 4 people with a double bedroom and lounge with bed-settee. Please see our listing on Airbnb.

All enquiries to Gillian Oliver: 07970 824191 or


6 Nov: The Legendary Ten Seconds

The Legendary Ten Seconds will perform a selection of songs from their albums ‘Loyaulte me lie’, ‘Tant le desiree’ and ‘Richard III’ on Sunday 6th November 2016 at the Picture House in Exeter. There will be CDs of TLTS’ albums available to purchase on the day and all sales from the albums will be donated to the scoliosis charity S.A.U.K. The event starts at 1pm. Entry to the event is free.

Venue address: 51 Bartholomew St W, Exeter Devon, United Kingdom,EX4 3AJ. Phone: 0871 902 5730


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.


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 …