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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 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 £12 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.


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.


Latest News

Bridport memorial unveiled

Bridport MemorialA memorial commemorating King Richard's visited to Bridport during November 1483 was unveiled in the town on the 5 November by the High Sheriff of Dorset, Sir Philip Williams. Over sixty people attended the event, considerably more than were anticipated. There will be a full report in March's Ricardian Bulletin. 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 …


*New* Schools Membership

As part of the Society’s Education Programme it now offers Schools/Academies/Colleges an institutional membership at £35 per year. more …


*New* Junior Membership

As part of the Society’s Schools Education Programme it has been decided to offer school students under the age of 18 a special annual membership rate of £12. 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 …


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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 …

Fotheringhay in the snow


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


In December’s Ricardian Bulletin

• Matthew Lewis looks at the similarities in the lives of Richard Duke of York and his namesake son.
• Lost in Castles will be providing us with an illustrated feature about Middleham Castle.
• Annette Carson and Marie Barnfield shed new light on the events surrounding the marriage of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to Anne Neville.
• Janet Atkinson, Senior Conservator at Lambeth Palace, writes about her experience of being responsible for Richard III’s Book of Hours on the day of his reburial. And much, much more …


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 …