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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

Calendar events

02/03: Society conference

12/04: Study weekend

18/05: Beaulieu …

> 11/07: Newcastle <

12/07: Australasia

17/08: Bosworth

07/09: Bodiam

05/10: AGM, London

23/11: Bell Foundry

14/12: Fotheringhay

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Date Description
2 Mar Society Conference at Leicester University: The Greyfriars Dig—A new Richard III?
12-14 Apr Study Weekend: Richard III, his friends and foes in the North
18 May Beaulieu and Buckler's Hard Visits
11-15 Jul North to Newcastle 2013 Long Weekend
12-14 Jul Australasian Convention
17-18 Aug Bosworth Weekend
7 Sept Bodiam Castle
5 Oct Members' Day and AGM, London
23 Nov Whitechapel Bell Foundry
14 Dec Fotheringhay Lunch and Carol Service

Society Conference at Leicester University: 2nd March

These are exciting times for those with an interest in the life and times of King Richard III! This conference will be the first event following the test results to focus on the impact of the dig on the reputation of Richard III. Later in the year Leicester University will host its own major conference focusing on the detail of the excavation and its finds.

Study Weekend: York Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April

Elmbank hotel
Elmbank Hotel
The 2013 study weekend is entitled Richard III: his Friends and Foes in the North and will once again be held at the Elmbank Hotel. The keynote speaker will Tony Pollard and other speakers include Toni Mount, Ken Hillier, Marie Barnfield, Peter Hammond and Lynda Pidgeon. The talks will include consideration of various individuals and families including the lesser known Nevilles, the Pilkingtons and Miles Metcalf as well as taking a broader approach to those who fought as Bosworth and those who were planted in the south to give Richard support.

Full booked – waiting list only.

Beaulieu and Buckler's Hard: Saturday 18 May

Beaulieu Cloisters
Beaulieu Cloisters
The Society last visited Beaulieu in April 1989. This year we will visit the remains of Beaulieu Abbey where the Countess of Warwick sought sanctuary after the Battle of Tewkesbury. Buckler's Hard is where ships for Nelson's fleet were built.

Booking form in the Bulletin Extra.

North to Newcastle: Thursday 11 July to Monday 15 July

Durham Castle
The Society last visited the area in 1997. This year we will be visiting such old favourites as Barnard and Raby Castles and Staindrop Church. Prudhoe and Aydon Castles are on the itinerary, as is Durham and Lindisfarne. Also on the itinerary are Flodden Battlefield, as it is the 500th anniversary of that battle this year—not Ricardian—but too good an opportunity to miss!

Fully booked - waiting list only.

Australasian Convention: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July

Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
The NSW Branch will be hosting the biennial Australasian Convention which in 2013 will take as its theme 'Richard III: the Man behind the Myth'. The event will be held at the Novotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney and all members and friends of the Richard III Society are welcome

Bosworth Commemoration: Sunday 18 August

Bosworth Well
Bosworth Well
Annual pilgrimage to remember King Richard. Late morning service in Sutton Cheney Church and afternoon looking round the battlefield.

Bodiam Castle and Area: Saturday 7 September

Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle entrance and moat
This visit is still in its planning stage, but we will visit Bodiam Castle in the morning and somewhere interesting during the afternoon. More information to follow.

Booking form in June 2013 Bulletin.

Members' Day and AGM, London: Saturday 5th October

Merchant Adventurers Hall
The interior of the Senate House,
Univiersity of London, 2013 AGM venue
The 2013 Members' Day and AGM will take place on Saturday, 5 October at the University of London, near Russell Square. Our speaker will be Chris Skidmore MP. More information will appear here in due course.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry: Saturday 23 November

Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Whitechapel Bell Foundry
A real step back in time! This is Britain's old manufacturing company and is known to have been in continuous business since 1570. However, modern research has established an earlier link to 1420 and to one Master Founder Robert Chamberlain of Aldgate and Whitechapel. It is quite possible that Richard heard bells cast at Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Limited number of places available.

Booking form in September 2013 Bulletin.

Fotheringhay: Lunch and Carols: Saturday 14 December

Fotheringhay Church
Fotheringhay Church
Always a wonderful prelude to Christmas. Generous and delicious home cooked meal in the village hall followed by glorious music and traditional readings in the church.

Booking form in September 2013 Bulletin.Fotheringhay Nave
Fotheringhay Nave