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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 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


Society Shop

An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more


See recent What's New items.


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.


Ricardian trail

A special trail of Ricardian sites in Leicester is being prepared so members can appreciate the medieval heritage of the city.

Latest News

Memorial Stone

The memorial stone donated to Leicester Cathedral by the Leicestershire Branch, formerly East Midlands Branch of the Society, has been removed from the Cathedral and is on loan to the King Richard III Visitor Centre.


Narrator for the Requiem

The Society is delighted to announce that the actor, director and writer, Sir Timothy Ackroyd, will be the narrator of the Middleham Requiem. His acting debut was in 1976 when he was nominated as 'Most Promising Newcomer' in the West End Theatre Awards for his performance as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus's Agamemnon. Tim AckroydHis London début was in Brian Forbes' controversial and hugely successful Macbeth at The Old Vic and he has appeared in the television movies Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell and Lost in Africa. In 1989 he helped found the Tusk Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving and protecting African wildlife.


Society and public ballots

These ballots have now closed and been drawn. Successful applicants are currently being contacted.


The King's Grave

28 July 2014: Philippa Langley and Michael Jones' book published last year has now been released as a paperback and includes a new chapter entitled 'Towards Reburial'. Available from the Society Shop.


BBC Radio 4 'Great Lives'

Tuesday 6 January 2015. King Richard III featured as the 'Great Life' in the 6 January 2015 episode. For those not familiar with the programme, this is Radio 4's biography series first broadcast in 2001 and is currently presented by journalist Matthew Parris. A guest is asked to nominate a person they believe is deserving of the title and, together with an expert, often a biographer, the life is discussed during the 28-minute programme. more


Reinterment week 22-27 March

The Society has planned a series of events for its members during the Reinterment week. more

Monday 23 March

There will be a get together for Society members at the Holiday Inn, St Nicholas' Circle, for an informal buffet lunch/early supper.Statue of Richard III in the Cathedral Gardens

In the evening there will be a special service for members at Leicester Cathedral. The service will be based on the Anglian liturgy of Evensong with invited representatives of the Roman Catholic faith


Thursday 26 March

The Middleham Requiem, composed by Geoffrey Davidson and premiered at Fotheringhay Church in 1993, will be performed on the evening of King Richard's reinterment at St James the Greater, Leicester. This will be a poignant and unique event.Church of St James The Greater, Leicester

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 …