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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

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Branches & Groups: Introduction

The Richard III Society functions at a local level, both within the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, through its regionally organised Branches and Groups. On a local level (and nationally or regionally overseas) branches and groups have been established and are open to members to join as desired. There are over 20 in the UK as well as branches in America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Recently the Continental Group has been reformed.

Each Branch or Group within the Society has its own annual programme of events. Many of these are open to non-members of the Society; such local events provide an excellent introduction to the Society and its activities for those who may be thinking of joining. Branches and Groups are also delighted to welcome visitors on a one-off basis to specific events and activities which may interest them. The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits toRicardian sites.

For any query regarding Branches or Groups please contact the Branches and Groups Liaison Officer, Jacqui Emerson.

In the table below is a list of the current Branches, Groups and overseas associated Branches. If you would like to learn more about an individual Branch or Group please click on the name to view their profile. Clicking any links in the Branch/Group description will open the respective site(s) in a new window or tab.


New Groups

The following groups have been proposed but their first meeting has yet to be arranged. If you are interested please contact:

  1. Cambridgeshire - J Sharon Camilletti
  2. Merseyside and West Lancashire - Margaret Byrne
  3. Reading and West Berkshire - Clare Anderson
  4. Somerset - Helena Smith
  5. Northern Ireland Group - Pamela Evans

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Click the name of the branch/group to find out more about them.

UK Branches and Groups Overseas Branches
Beds & Bucks America, with regional chapters
Croydon Canada
Devon & Cornwall Continental
Dorset New South Wales (inc. Queensland), Australia
Gloucester South Australia
Greater Manchester Victoria, Australia
Hull & District Western Australia
Lincolnshire New Zealand
London & Home Counties  
Mid-Anglia Ireland
North East  
North Mercia  
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire  
Penrith & North Lakes  
South Cumbria  
South Staffordshire  
Stafford & District  
Thames Valley  
West Surrey  


American Branch

The American Branch was founded in 1961, and American Branch membership is close to 320.



Beds & Bucks Group

The Group was first started in 1982 and currently has about 35 members. Despite our name we are open to all and members regularly attend our meetings from North Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as well as Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire. We meet monthly, usually on the third Saturday of every month—except August and December—and we have an annual subscription of £3.50. Each year we try to have a mixture of talks and visits either directly relating to Richard III or to the late medieval period. Talks and discussions are held at members' houses.

2015 Branch Events Included:

  • An Open forum discussion hosted by Iris Day on two or three Ricardian topics.
  • Toni Mount talk about the 'Medieval Housewife'.
  • John Ashdown-Hill talk on his new book 'The Dublin King'.
  • The Battle of Bosworth, a talk by Mike Ingram and hosted by Gina Strachan.
  • A guided tour of the 'new' Bosworth battlefield by Mike Ingram.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed. Limited places for all. Further details upon request.

Secretary: Jeanette Melbourne.


Canadian Branch

The Canadian Branch, founded in 1966, has over 60 members across the country. Despite the geographical distances between us, members stay in touch through the newsletters and via e-mail. Toronto-area members host meetings in their homes on the second Sunday of each month, from September to June. It's an occasion for us to meet and share our common interests, present and discuss research papers, and plan Society activities. On or near the date of King Richard's birthday (October 2), we hold our Annual General Meeting and Medieval Banquet in Toronto. In June we celebrate the founding of our branch with a potluck picnic. Canadian branch members also receive our newsletter, the RIII, three times a year, and have access to the Buyers Library containing over 200 items, including books, papers, audio and video tapes and DVDs.


Secretary: Sheilah O'Connor.


Continental Group

This is a newly formed group but already have over 50 members from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Russia and Holland. Because of the distances between members, we mostly communicate by email but have many plans in the pipeline.

Our first meeting was held during the reinterment week in Leicester.

We are hoping to publish our own journal and also have a library lending service between ourselves. We have a research team eager to start on the subject they have chosen which is very wide and varied, covering all aspects of medieval life.

Our plan is to have an annually or bi-annual meeting, and those living nearer each other will meet more frequently.

Secretary: Liselotte Messner-Seitz.

Membership Secretary: Count Dr Charles Gauci.


Croydon Group

The Croydon Group was founded in the 1980s by Roy and Shirley Linsell. We met regularly at their home until they retired to Seaford in Sussex. We try to meet from time to time and also participate in the London Branch activities. Our membership is small but we focus on keeping in contact. Anyone who lives south of Croydon is welcome to join us.

A trip to the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library was planned for 1 August 2015.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Denise Price.


Devon & Cornwall Branch

The Devon and Cornwall Branch was founded in 1979. All meetings are held at The University of Plymouth, which is situated in the city centre. Our meetings are friendly and open to all members. The meetings run from Noon until approximately 3pm.

2015 Branch Events:

7 Nov: A.G.M. Plymouth. Speaker: Marilyn Sherlock on 'Origins of the War of the Roses'. Christmas Lunch to be organised.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events included:

  • 'History of Devon & Cornwall Branch' by Shirley Stapley.
  • Meeting at Devon & Exeter Institution for Buffet Lunch, Introduction to Institution. This was an opportunity to visit the Cathedral highlighting any Richardian connections.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Maggie Heath.


Dorset Group

The Dorset Group was founded by our late President Patrick Bacon in the early 1980s. We are a small, friendly and enthusiastic group meeting in each others homes bi-monthly at 2pm on Saturday afternoons. February, April, June and August meetings have a volunteer speaker from our own Group and October (Richard's Birthday) and December (Christmas) meetings are socials with everyone bringing food and/or drink, medieval if possible. Meetings are held in Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown, Broadstone, and Blandford. We also have several visits each year to places of Ricardian or Medieval interest. In addition to this we often support other events especially those arranged by the Richard III Society and locally those arranged by the National Trust especially at Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy. Members from our neighbouring counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset are most welcome to join us but will require their own transport.

2015 Branch Events included:

12 December: Christmas meal accompanied by medieval music.

If you would like to join us please e-mail or telephone 01202 573951.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Babs Creamer.


Gloucester Branch

We have a friendly and active membership who participate in monthly meetings, visits, social events and talks. Branch meetings are held at 2.30pm on the first Saturday of each month and are generally held in the Cheltenham/Gloucester/Tewkesbury area. Bristol Group meetings take place on the third Friday of each month at 7.30pm and are in members' homes in the Bristol/Chippenham/Swindon area. Refreshments are provided at all sessions! Meetings can be in the form of talks given by members or guest speakers or discussions/short papers with several members contributing. We hope to provide something for everyone, whether you wish to sit back and listen or actively join in.

2015 Branch Events:

10 October: Branch AGM followed by a talk Richard III and the Dissolution of Yorkism, a talk by Keith Stenner. Keith will propose the actions taken by Richard in the summer of 1483 ultimately undermined his regime and led directly to his downfall.

7 November: Edmund Beaufort: the search for an inheritance, a talk by Steven David.

5 December: Christmas Gathering. Festive food and drink by way of an informal introduction to the Christmas season.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • 'The Discovery of England in the Fifteenth Century' a talk by Professor Nicholas Orme who discussed the early antiquaries of that century who have left us their notes on English topography and history, notably William Worcestre (b.1415).
  • 'Cecily Neville' an illustrated talk by Joanna Laynesmith.
  • 'Margaret Beaufort, the Stanleys and the seizure of political leverage' illustrated talk by Carol Southworth.
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. Gloucester Branch and Worcester Branch promoted the Richard III Society by retaining a display area in the Main Marquee.
  • Gloucester Branch study day: 'Blanche Mortimer and the Mortimers in Late Medieval England'. Agenda for the day included: A tour of the study day's venue, Hellens, and the magnificently restored tomb of Blanche Mortimer.
  • 'Blanche Mortimer Dress' – an illustrated talk providing an overview of Blanche Mortimer, who she was and how she relates to Much Marcle, the Mortimer family and her in-laws the Grandisons. Blanche was the great-great aunt of Richard III and Edward IV.
  • A talk on 'The last male heir Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March' (died 1425). Edmund's sister Anne became the Mortimer heir and her grandsons were Edward IV and Richard III.
  • 'Six months in 1483', a talk by Annette Carson in which Annette's latest research on Richard as Protector and Constable was demonstrated.
  • 'Tim Porter Study Day: Medieval Women'. Tim provided an overview of women in medieval society and then focused on three key figures: Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich and Margaret Paston.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.


  • All meetings, unless otherwise indicated, will be held at the Emmanuel Hall, Fairfield Parade, Leckhampton, GL53 7PJ.
  • Meetings commence at 2:30pm with the exception of field visits which are by arrangement.
  • As agreed at the AGM, for meetings where there is an outside speaker, a charge of £3 will be made to offset costs. (£5 for non-Branch members).

Secretary: Angela Iliff.



Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Branch

The Branch was formed in 1975 and covers the areas of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the Cheshire/Derbyshire border. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 7.30 pm. All meetings are held at Denton Golf Club. The meetings are friendly and informal and light refreshments are always provided. Our aim is to produce a varied programme of Ricardian and medieval related topics by both guest speakers and Branch members. Our annual subscription to the Branch is £5.00 and we charge £3.00 at each meeting.

We also arrange visits to places of historic interest. We produce an annual Branch journal, Semper Fidelis, and our monthly e-mail newsletter, Boaring News, helps to keep members up to date with Branch meetings and activities.

2015 Branch Events:

7 October: 'The Real Robin Hood', a talk by Mark Olly.

4 November: AGM followed by '40 years and still going strong'.

December: No meeting.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • 'The 4th and 5th Crusades', a talk by Michael Tunnicliffe.
  • 'The Dukes of Burgundy', a talk by Carole Pimblett.
  • 'Monarchy and Dunham (The Grey Area)', a talk by Peter Braun.
  • 'King Arthur Part II', a talk by Mark Olly.
  • A talk by Annette Carson.
  • 'The Peasants' Revolt', a talk by Ryan Vernon.
  • Branch Study day: King Arthur. Speakers: Mark Olly, archaeologist and writer; Scott Lloyd, co-author of The Keys of Avalon and Pendragon

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Helen Ashburn.



Hull & District

Secretary: Terence O'Brien.



The Ireland Group was established on September 28th 2013 at an inaugural meeting in Dublin, and the Group is formulating plans for activities and events for the future. As well as promoting the general aims of the Society, the Group is also interested in exploring the many connections and linkages between Ireland and its sister island during the period of the 'Wars of the Roses'. We are actively seeking new members and are also interested in establishing contact with academics, historians and local history societies in Ireland who have an interest in the late medieval period or have knowledge and information about events in Ireland connected to the Yorkist/Lancastrian conflict.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • The launch of John Ashdown Hill's new book, 'The Dublin King', at Christ Church cathedral.
  • 'Wives of Henry VIII' a talk by Sally Henshaw of the Leicester Branch.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Contact: Laurie Fitzpatrick.


Leicestershire Branch

The Leicestershire branch have a new venue for their meetings from November 20th 2014. We are moving to the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB.

A monthly newsletter is produced to keep our members up to date with any exhibitions or events of historical interest in our area and beyond. The annual branch subscription is £10. All are welcome.

2015 Branch Events:

15 October: 'Cry God for Harry' – Richard Smith will recount the story of Henry V's victory at Agincourt on 25 October 1415 including the Southampton plot to remove Henry V from England's throne, replacing him with Edmund Mortimer, is often seen as the first move in the Wars of the Roses.

19 November: 'The Roll of the Archers' - Bob Pritchard will look at the roll the archers played in medieval battles, using Agincourt and Bosworth as examples. It may be possible to see samples of a 'battle' longbow and a 'hunting' longbow.

9 December: 'A Meal at Taste Restaurant' – Four course meal, including coffee is booked for 19.00 at 'Taste', Leicester College, Freemans Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7LW.

2016 Branch Events:

No meetings will be held in January or February 2016.

17 March: 'Richard's Back: death, scoliosis and myth making' – a welcome return by Dr. Mary Ann Lund. Dr. Lund will consider how the treatment of Richard's dead body after the Battle of Bosworth is related to his later historical and literary reputation as 'Crookback Richard'.

21 April: 'The Leicester Ledger Stone' – Lida Kindersley will speak about her work in stone carving and letter writing. The memorial stone to Richard III formerly in Leicester Cathedral, now in the Richard III Visitor Centre, was designed and carved by her husband David.

19 May: Branch Annual General Meeting.

11 June: : Branch Study Day: Life and Death in Richard III's Leicester. Details to follow.

16 June: 'A Medieval Story Teller' – Gareth King returns to entertain us once again with his wit and wisdom. This time in the role of a Medieval Story Teller he will delight us with stories from the past.

9 July: 'Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum, Castle and Church' – Ken Hillier will meet us at the Museum to tell us about the history of Ashby, with time to look around the museum and church. Own cars trip. Details to follow.

All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 19.00. unless otherwise stated. Meetings are free to Branch Members, but visitors are requested to donate £2.00 towards the expenses of the meeting. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary, Sally Henshaw.

Secretary: Sally Henshaw
28 Lyncroft Leys
t : 0116 2433785




Lincolnshire Branch

We meet in Grantham, at 8pm on the last Saturday of every month. There are also occasions for banquets, visits, social evenings and charity events, so we certainly keep busy. The format of the meetings varies, including talks by visiting speakers, discussions and debates, a photographic competition, and slide shows of interesting places that members have visited.

Secretary: Jean Townsend.




London & Home Counties Branch

The London and Home Counties Branch of the Richard III Society is not the oldest, but one of the older branches in the UK, having been founded in 1971, in part to bring together Society members in the wider London area. It is the largest UK branch with well over a hundred and seventy members. Because of its size, and the expected attendance at meetings, it requires to meet in formal accommodation, and meets in central London, having in the past used accommodation at Church House, Westminster, the Art Workers Guild, Holborn, Senate House, University of London, and currently the conference suite in the Institute of Historical Research, in Senate House.

The branch provides a regular programme throughout the year, from autumn through to early summer, including lectures and events, the latter including theatre and exhibition visits. We try to attend productions of Shakespeare's 'Richard III' in the London area, most recently the Mark Ryulance all-male version, the Kevin Spacey / Sam Mendes production at the Old Vic, and in the past, productions featuring Sir Antony Sher, John Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. Recent exhibition visits have included 'Treasures of Heaven' at the British Museum, and 'Devotion by Design: Italian altarpieces before 1500' at the National Gallery. The lecture programme tries to extend invitations to speakers before they become famous: thus we have hosted Antony Sher [when he played Richard III, and before he was knighted ..], Gustav Milne [before he became a TV personality], Terry Hands – when already notable as a director, and when directing 'Richard III'. The programme seeks to cover all aspects of Ricardian, late medieval and medieval history and life, including arms and armour, battles, medieval housewifery, costume, cookery and food, dance and entertainment, building, religious foundations, etc., etc. Current and forthcoming lecturers include Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, and authors Lisa Hilton and Helen Castor. Information about Branch events is communicated to members by a twice yearly Newsletter, in association with an email mailing list.

The Branch subscription is £5.00 per annum, and meetings – venue and speaker fees – are funded, in part, by contribution by attending members. Society members, who are not members of the Branch, but may be in London coinciding with a Branch event, and non-members of the Society, are welcome to attend as guests of the Branch.

Secretary: Elizabeth Nokes.


Mid-Anglia Group

The Mid-Anglia Group, which previously ran from 2003-10, has now being resurrected and we wish to encourage Ricardians in Suffolk and North Essex to join us for meetings and visits in the future, to learn about Richard, his family and his time.

As a 'fledgling' group we are still putting a programme of meetings together and hope to spread these over the region to enable all members to participate. Ipswich, Colchester, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds have Ricardian and medieval connections and we are constantly seeking new and exciting places to visit and speakers to book.

Our newsletter has just been launched and will be published quarterly to start with. It is available to Group members by email and is also published on our website.

Our Group needs new members to help it grow and flourish and a very warm welcome awaits you!

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • 'Six months in 1483' – talk by Annette Carson in Ipswich or Colchester.
  • Bury St. Edmunds walk

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Janine Lawrence.


New South Wales Branch

The Branch meets for five general meetings during the year, plus the Annual General Meeting. The meetings are held at The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 2pm, unless otherwise indicated. Talks at these meetings include guest speakers on a variety of subjects but members are encouraged to do their own research for talks and to contribute to discussions. Afternoon tea is provided at meetings and there is also a sales table and a raffle to swell Branch funds. The main event of our year is the service to commemorate Richard's death at the Battle of Bosworth. Social events include lunch gatherings to celebrate Richard's coronation and birthday, and we regularly attend informative lectures provided by societies such as Heraldry Australia. Every other year we send representatives to the Australasian Richard III Society Branches Conventions and in the intervening years we hold a one-day conference to benefit members unable to attend the conventions interstate. We choose to meet in the daytime because our members come from such a wide area and travel long distances. Naturally many prefer to get home the same day - and preferably before midnight!

Secretary: Rachel Allerton.



New Zealand

New Zealand Branch

The NZ Branch of the Richard III Society was formed in January 1986 and currently enjoys a total membership of around 40, comprising full and associate members. We draw on the whole of NZ for our membership but with over 70% living in the lower North Island we are able to hold well-attended monthly meetings alternating between Lower Hutt and Levin. We usually have a speaker (often a member) or sometimes a group activity such as a quiz on things Ricardian or Medieval in nature. The NZ Branch hosted the Australasian Convention in April 2007.

Secretary: Rob Smith.




The Norfolk Branch of the Richard III Society has recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The Branch meets once a month at The Assembly House Norwich on a date decided by the Secretary. A full programme is issued once a year and covers the whole of the following year. An annual subscription of £10 per year is charged, a newsletter entitled 'The Norfolk Ricardian' is published 2 or 3 times a year. The Branch hosts a Study day every November which has 3 or sometimes 4 speakers, all experts in their field. An entrance fee of £3 is charged for every meeting, the Study Day is priced at £24 (costs are reveiwed each year) which includes 4 lectures and 2 lots of refreshments. Contact the Secretary for further details.

2015 Branch Events:

24th October: 'The face in the leaves- a medieval enigma' by Jean Towsend, Lincolnshire Branch, Richard 111 Society<.

7th November: 'Norfolk Branch Study Day: Battlefields and Bones'.
Venue: The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich.
Time: 09.55-17.00
Cost and booking: £26. Cheques payable to Richard 111 Society and please enclose SAE for a receipt or include email address, to Annmarie Hayek, 20 Rowington Road, Norwich, NR1 3RR Annmarie Hayek t: 01603 664021. We are unable to issue refunds and we reserve the right to make changes to the programme if required.
• 09 55: Welcome by the Chairman, Norfolk Branch, Richard III Society.
• 10 00–11 00: 'Battlefield Dead and Battlefield Burials' – an archaeologist and a historian's perspective. Dr Glenn Foard, Reader in Battlefield Archaeology, University of Huddersfield and Professor Anne Curry, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton and Professor of Medieval History. They will reveal the results of recent research in late medieval and early modern battles in England and western Europe.
• 11.00–11.30: Coffee
• 11.30–12 30: 'Battlefield Dead' continued.
• 12 30–14.00: Lunch
• 14.00-15.00: 'Analysing the skeleton of a King' by Professor Jane Evans who is a leading authority on the analysis and interpretation of Isotopes in Archaeological material.
• 15.00-15.30: Tea
• 15.30-16.30: Talk by Dr Turi King, lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester.
• 16.30-17.00: Vote of thanks and any extra questions.

Please contact Annemarie for confirmation prior to the talks in case of speaker cancellation.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • Branch AGM
  • 'The Lambert Simnel rebellion and the battle of Stoke 1487' talk by Dr Chris Scott, The Battlefields Trust.
  • 'Wales and the Wars of the Roses' talk by Stephen David.
  • 'The readeption of 1470/71' talk by Toby Clements.
  • 'The original five ulcer executive - a study of Henry VII' talk by Frances Sparrow.
  • The East Anglian Branch of the Battlefields Trust present 'Events that made England: Anniversaries of Revolting Barons and French Conquests'.

Secretary: Annmarie Hayek.


North East Group

North East Group

The Group covers Northumberland, the former Tyne & Wear and those northern parts of County Durham with easy access to Tyneside. Formed in 1983, we are a small but friendly group who enjoy discussions, visits and social events. Meetings are held in members' own homes on a rolling basis to enable everyone to play the host. We meet monthly, in the evenings, but the day varies to accommodate as many members as possible. We do not see ourselves as great academics but we enjoy a lively fascination for all things Ricardian, and history in general.

Secretary: Julia McLaren


North Mercia Group

North Mercia Group

The North Mercia Group, one of the newest Groups of The Society, was formed in March 2010. Members live in South Cheshire, Staffordshire, North Shropshire and East Flintshire, but we also have 'Long-Distance' members from Australia, Austria, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Devon, Hampshire and Yorkshire. So anyone is welcome to join us, from within our area or beyond and will be kept informed of Group events through the group programme, our newsletter, 'The Mercian Messenger', e-mail and our website, soon to be completely renovated. 'Long-Distance' members may like to become 'e-mail friends' with anyone in the Group.

We are a friendly, 'Happy Band of Ricardians', not seriously academic, but with an enthusiasm for all things Ricardian and a dedication to prove that Richard III is thriving in the North-West, since in the 15th C all the lands surrounding us were owned by the treacherous 'Stanleys'! We meet on the first or second Saturday of every month, apart from January, in the homes of three of our members and also at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich, where we partake of lunch and then have a free room upstairs - a very satisfactory arrangement for one and all. Meetings take various forms - discussions of books or articles of Ricardian interest, talks from visiting speakers and our own members - purely voluntary, social events, picnics, and outings to places of Ricardian and Medieval interest within our area or further afield.

2015 Branch Events:

14 November: 'Robin Hood'. Mark Olly has offered to come and talk to us again in November.

5 December: Christmas lunch which will be held at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich. 12 noon for 12.30 pm. We will be having a raffle as the final boost to Group Funds.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • 'Janus Day'.
  • 'Here Come The Minstrels'. A talk about making medieval instruments and demonstrating some of them by the Medieval Music Group called 'PIVA'.
  • 'The Death of Edward V' a talk by Dr. John Ashdown Hill.
  • Mark Olly's third instalment of the 'Lost treasures of the North West'.
  • Fund-raising Coffee Morning at the parish hall, Nantwich.
  • 'An Evening with Annette Carson'. Annette spoke about the first six months with Richard as King.
  • An Archery Day at the Lichfield Archery School.
  • Sunday Lunch at Peckforton Castle.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Marion Moulton.



Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Group

We were founded locally in 1986 and our members range across a wide assortment of ages, occupations and interests. We try to provide a variety of activities including talks given by guest speakers on all aspects of Richard's life and times, discussions, group visits and the annual quiz - all on the Ricardian and medieval theme. We are fortunate in that many interesting places are so near at hand: Nottingham, Leicester, East Stoke and Bosworth as well as many fine local churches and monuments. We run also visits further afield, open to family and friends; we have been to Oxford, York, Gloucestershire, Chester, Tewkesbury, Stratford and the Globe Theatre to name but a few.

2015 Branch Events:

10 October or 17 October (tba): AGM Home Meeting (members only)

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • Coach Trip to York;
  • Northumberland weekend;
  • Guided Tour of Beaumanor Hall - Herrick family connection & WWII Listening Station for Bletchley Park;
  • Talk by Mathew Morris, one of the lead archaeologists on the Looking For Richard dig.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Anne Ayres.


Penrith and North Lakes Group

The Penrith and North Lakes Group is small - ten members - but nevertheless we have interesting and stimulating meetings. We do our own research and presentations; afterwards there is always a lively question-and-answer session and discussion. We do not meet during the winter in view of possible bad weather and road conditions. In summer we have outings planned by ourselves - to places of historic interest connected with Richard if possible, and usually medieval. These outings are very popular. As we are a small group, the dates of meetings are usually arranged only a month ahead to everyone's convenience, and are held in our own homes, which provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

Secretary: Marjorie Smith.


Scottish Branch

The Scottish Branch provides a yearly calendar of events for all those living north of the border and aims to utilize not only our own historical talent but also that of the UK. If you have an interest in Richard III, the Wars of the Roses, and/or medieval history and happen to live in Scotland then this is the place for you. With a membership of all ages and abilities (from a retired Professor of Medieval History to a single mother of two) we are a most relaxed and sociable group whose simple aim is to promote and further the knowledge of this most misunderstood of kings and the times in which he lived in a convivial and stimulating atmosphere.

Secretary: Philippa Langley.


South Australia Branch

We have been an enthusiastic group since 1983. Currently, we meet at 1.30pm on the first Saturday of each month except January, when we are in recess. Most meetings take the form of talks and discussions, with the odd video viewing and an annual quiz meeting. We also have a medieval dinner (medieval dress optional), usually doing the cooking ourselves. We have an extensive library of books, both reference and fiction, and audio and video tapes, with Richard III and the 15th century as a focus. All these are available for members to borrow, free of charge.

Secretary: Sue Walladge.


South Cumbria Group

The South Cumbria Group has been reactivated after a break of 10 years.

The first official meeting of the new group will be on 31st March 2014 at 7.00pm. Our proposed programme will be four meetings in the Winter months and four outings in the Summer months and of course an annual Christmas 'Get Together'. Ricardians old and new in the Furness area will be very welcome

Secretary: Isabel Sneesby.


South Staffordshire Group

The South Staffs Group is brand new, our first meeting was held in October 2014. We plan to meet monthly, usually on a Saturday. It is anticipated our meetings will be in the Wolverhampton area. We plan to discuss current issues concerning Richard III and the Middle Ages in general and share information we have gained from our reading and viewing. We aim to have a specific topic for each meeting and in time to have guest speakers and organise trips.

We welcome new members and as the group is still in the process of being formed it offers a great opportunity for members attending to have a real say in how the group is run and what the group does. Meetings are held at the Lychgate Tavern, Victoria Square, Wolverhampton on the last Friday of the month, starting at 3pm.

Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

  • A talk about 'The Princes in the Tower'.
  • A talk about 'Perkin Warbeck'.
  • A talk about 'Margaret Beaufort' by Carol Southworth.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Susan Martin.


Stafford District Group

Stafford & District Group

The main focus of this group is to share the pleasure of learning and exploring all aspects relevant to the life and times of Richard III. We welcome as members Ricardians who live in the area - and those who don't. There is no fee for membership of the Group.

A core group live in the Staffordshire area and we hold monthly meetings for discussions, talks and presentations. We also arrange occasional outings to places of interest, one of which, each year, will be chosen to be as accessible as possible to our more distant members.

We are also active as an on-line entity. We are exploiting modern communications to ensure that on-line membership is full and active membership and we particularly welcome those who are unable to get to physical meetings. We have, in addition to our website, a members only Yahoo group, where we hold discussions; help each other with queries; where we can share our individual work with others and also embark upon joint projects. The agenda and minutes of the monthly meetings are sent in advance to all members, so that the comments and ideas of those not physically present are included in the meetings. Attention is paid to co-ordinating both the terrestrial and the on-line elements, so that we are indeed one group, with different modes of activity. Our programme of activities and more, can be found on our website.

Secretary: Penelope Lawton.



Sussex Group

The Richard III Society Sussex Group meets in Brighton on the third Thursday of alternate months, starting in January. As a small group we normally avail ourselves of a member's house, although hire of a meeting hall would be arranged if necessary. The year's programme varies, with talks given by members or by invited speakers. We might show a DVD followed by discussion or consider items in the Ricardian or the Ricardian Bulletin that have particularly interested members. The range of subject matter is quite wide, in the overall context of fifteenth century European history and bearing in mind the variable extent of members' existing historical knowledge. If you are already interested in the fifteenth century and King Richard III, or enjoy general history and would like to take a closer look at this period, you will be very welcome to join us. Details of meetings, venues and so on can be obtained from:

Secretary: Wendy Ahl.


Thames Valley Branch

The Thames Valley Branch meets each month on Saturdays or Sundays for either an outing or in-house meeting. The latter is usually held at Langley during the colder months whilst outings are arranged for the warmer weather. There is usually at least one external guest speaker each year, and others are drawn from our own members and from the wider Society.

2015 Branch Meetings:

18 October: Visit to Leicester.

15 November: Meeting at Langley, Berkshire. Talk by Wendy Moorhen on John de la Pole.

5 December: AGM at Langley, Berkshire.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Earlier 2015 Branch Meetings:

  • An illustrated talk on archery.
  • A visit to the Vyne near Basingstoke.
  • Visit to West Wycombe Park.
  • Visit to Runnymede and a Magna Carta walk.
  • Visit to Dorney Court, near Eton.
  • Meeting at Langley, Berkshire. Discussion about a battle of the Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the major participants.
  • Any member of the Society is welcome to join the Branch and their participation can be at their own pace. Annual subscription is currently £10.

    Secretary: Diana Lee.


    Victoria Branch

    The Victoria Branch holds seven meetings during the year, at which talks are given on matters of historical interest associated with Richard III, his life and times. Open discussion is always a feature of the meetings, which end with a supper provided by the members. A Branch Newsletter is published and sent to members before each meeting.

    Secretary: Hazel Hajdu.



    Western Australia Branch

    The first ever meeting of the Western Australian Group was held at the Parmelia Hotel on Saturday the 1 March 1986, and was attended by 8 people. The group was accorded branch status in 1988. The Branch now has approximately 20 members, and meets on the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding December) at the Belmont Sports and Recreation Centre, corner of Abernethy Road and Keane Street, Cloverdale.

    Secretary: Louise Carson.



    West Surrey Group

    The West Surrey group was founded in 2000, and since that time we have grown to over 25 members, who live in Surrey and the surrounding counties, including Berkshire and south London.

    We hold meetings every month, usually in the afternoons of the 2nd Saturday of the month, either in a member's house, or an alternative meeting room in the Guildford/Farnham area. In the darker months, we invite speakers to come and talk to us on a wide range subjects, covering Ricardian interests or 15th century England, while in the lighter months, we arrange visits to local historical and Ricardian sites, as well as a weekend away to visit Ricardian sites elsewhere in England. Our subscription is currently £10.00.

    We look forward to hearing from new members in our area.

    2015 Branch Events:

    8 November: Book Review - John Ashdown-Hill's new biography of George, Duke of Clarence.

    6 December : Christmas Lunch.

    Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed

    Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

    • Steven David, Lecturer at University of Swansea, talking about 'Wales and the Wars of the Roses'.
    • A visit to medieval Winchester.
    • Weekend visit to Minster Lovell and medieval Oxfordshire.
    • Visit to local medieval manor of Great Tangley.
    • Visit to the group by a medieval re-enactment group.
    • Annual garden party.

    Secretary: Rollo Crookshank.


    Worcestershire Branch

    The Worcestershire Branch started in 1986, became a branch in 1990, and celebrated our Silver Jubilee in 2011. We meet once a month on Saturday afternoons, indoors in village halls for talks, raffles and refreshments in winter and outdoors for visits in summer. Recent meetings include Bosworth and Stokesay Castle, and a talk by George Goodwin, author of Fatal Colours. We have a stall at the re-enactment of the battle of Tewkesbury in July. Our magazine 'Dickon Independent' is published quarterly. We have a branch library and a web site at our website.

    2015 Branch Events:

    10 October: Talk by Sarah Thursfield entitled "Lady Burgh's seamstress, 1470's". Venue: Holy Innocents Church Hall, Kidderminster.

    14 November: TBA. Venue: Holy Innocents Church Hall, Kidderminster.

    12 December: Christmas Party at Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.

    Contact our Secretary for details on meetings.

    Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

    Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

    • Ian Churchward of The Legendary Ten Seconds played his songs about Richard III.
    • A talk by Joanna Laynesmith entitled 'Cecily Neville, the Rose of Raby'.
    • AGM and visit to Oddingley Church, near Droitwich.
    • A talk by Max Keen entitled 'Henry V and Agincourt. Was Agincourt England's finest three hours? With a Kidderminster connection!
    • Our branch has stall at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment.
    • A talk by Annette Carson.
    • Visit to Baddesley Clinton with a guided tour.

    Secretary: Pam Benstead.



    Yorkshire Group

    Yorkshire Branch

    The Yorkshire Branch is the oldest UK Branch in the Society founded in 1960 at the time of the 500th anniversaries of the battles of Wakefield and Towton. Our membership now exceeds 200 members worldwide. Our Branch gives its members a comprehensive membership including three issues of our Branch magazine Blanc Sanglier, (December, April, and August), three Newsletters, a monthly Update and notice of all relevant information as it comes in. Our programme of events runs from spring to autumn and includes battle commemorations, a lecture, a Study Day, a Branch Day, a Dinner, a trip and other items. Our only winter event is the Wakefield Commemoration in December. We do not hold monthly meeting due to the vast area covered. The Branch has its own publishing arm Rosalba Press, a library, a Research Officer and a range of merchandise. Our latest project is raising funds for a plaque in Middleham Church in honour of King Richard and a plaque in Wakefield Bridge Chantry Chapel for Edmund, Earl of Rutland who has no memorial anywhere. We are always available to meet any members and friends visiting Yorkshire and showing them round and welcome them at our events.

    Our current rates of subscription are Single membership £10: Joint membership £12: Three Newsletters only £5: Overseas membership £13: For membership please contact our secretary Pauline Harrison Pogmore, 169 Albert Road, Sheffield, S8 9QX, phone 0114 2586097 or visit our website

    2015 Branch Events:

    3 October: Yorkshire Branch Day. Jacobs, Well, Trinity Lane, York. The full programme to be announced.

    Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

    Earlier 2015 Branch Events:

    • 'Battle of Towton Commemoration, Towton Hall'. The Branch attended the event with the Branch merchandise, publications and information.
    • Arthur Cockerill Spring Lecture: Given by David Santiuste the subject will be 'Anglo-Scottish Relations during the Yorkist Period'.
    • Yorkshire Branch Study Day: The Branch Study Day this year will included five talks: 'Was William Shakespeare a closet Ricardian' by Lesley Lambert; 'Richard III and the Spanish Connection' by Angela Moreton; 'Scandalous Popes' by Lynda Telford; 'Get Thee Behind Me Henry Tudor' by Pauline Harrison Pogmore; and 'Renaissance Astrology' by Sheryl Haley.
    • Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of King Richard III.
    • Bosworth Commemoration.
    • Branch AGM and Yorkshire Branch Annual Dinner

    Secretary: Pauline Harrison Pogmore.