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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: Queens 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 |

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,
© 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.


Society Shop - New stock

Sunnes & Roses a CD by The Legendary Ten Seconds. This is a new release from The Legendary Ten Seconds, who are well known to many members and are a supporter of the Scoliosis Association. The group have supplied the following links to samplers from the album:

• Tewkesbury Medieval Fair

• Towton

• Middleham Castle on Christmas Eve

The CD can be purchased from the Society’s Sales team quoting stock reference M228, at a cost of £6.00 (members) and £8.00 (non-members) plus P&P £1.10 (UK)/£2.00 (Europe)/£2.60 (RoW)


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

Reburial Anniversary 2017 Statement

Society Chairman, Phil Stone writes: 'Sunday, 26th March is the second anniversary of the reburial of the remains of King Richard and it will be marked by a special service of Evensong in Leicester Cathedral, during which flowers will be placed at the tomb. The finding and reburial of the remains of the king will always be one of the major achievements of the Richard III Society and it is fitting that we remember it, especially in the place where he lies at peace, a place of honour, a place of sanctity, adorned with the banners and heraldry he would have recognised as his own'. more …


Richard III reburial weekend 2017

Details have just been announced of events marking the anniversary of the reburial. These include a service at Leicester Cathedral and Q&A session with Philippa Langley at the Richard III Visitor Centre. more …


Artwork dedication - Sunday 26 March

In 2015 Market Bosworth felt very privileged to be a key resting place on the last journey of the mortal remains of King Richard III to their reburial in Leicester Cathedral. Inspired by the legacy of the 22 March event, Market Bosworth Parish Council together with the village’s Richard III steering group has commissioned an artwork to be installed in the Market Place.
The artwork will be dedicated by the Rector of Market Bosworth Rev. Mark Poskitt, Richard Smith and Sally Henshaw representing the Richard III Society and Councillor Richard Allen the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council on 19th March. The artwork will be officially revealed at 3.30 as part of a medieval themed event in the Market Place. more …


Our Homepage is changing

For the past two years, the Homepage of our website has displayed three images relating to that momentous week in March 2015 when King Richard III was laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral. From April 2017, after the anniversary of his reburial in March, this is due to change. During April, we will feature any pictures that are taken during memorial events or services which take place on the anniversary of the reburial in March 2017. more …


Richard III’s Book of Hours online

The Book of Hours known to have belonged to Richard III has now been digitised and is online so that anyone can look at in full and not just the page with the well-known picture of the Annunciation. Also, part of the digitisation, is a copy of the book by the Society’s Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs which gives a detailed commentary about the Book, its origin and its contents. more …



2017 Event dates for your diary:

Event dates for your diary in 2017:

• 31 March—2 April: Study Weekend in Shrewsbury. The theme of this year’s study weekend is ‘Wales and the Marches in the Wars of the Roses’. more …

• 20 May: Banbury and Broughton Castle: A visit to Banbury in the morning followed by Broughton Castle in the afternoon. more …

• 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


In the June 2017 Ricardian Bulletin

June's Bulletin will include our usual features and the latest Society news. We will also have the following:
• Dave Johnson tells us about King Richard III and Katherine Bassingbourne; a story that illustrates the king's concern for the fair administration of justice.
• Bryan Dunleavy looks at the evidence for the date of Elizabeth Woodville's birth.
• Sue Howlett writes about her experience of the Milles Project and in particular the will of Alice Tymperley.
• Peter Hammond writes about the Battle of Bosworth in response to questions posed at the 2017 AGM.
• A feature on 15th Century style book-binding.
• Reviews of the Shrewsbury study weekend and Norwich study days.
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.


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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 …