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'.
"… 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 …
An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more …
Visit the membership section to learn more about the new administration of our membership function.
The King Richard III Visitor Centre has been named as the Best Large Visitor Attraction in Leicester and Leicestershire at a ceremony on 5 November. Find out more.
© The Press Association.The Richard III Society congratulates Philippa Langley and Dr John Ashdown-Hill on their investiture at Buckingham Palace on 9 October when they were awarded the MBE by HM The Queen.
It has come to our attention that a small number of members have yet to receive their September Bulletin. By now all members should have received their copies. If any members have yet received their September Bulletin could they please e-mail Stephen York. Stephen will arrange for a replacement copy to be sent as soon as possible.
On Thursday, 10th September, Dr Turi King, Prof Caroline Wilkinson and Dr Phil Stone met at the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester to discuss King Richard's hair colour. Although the DNA analysis has suggested he had blond hair and blue eyes in childhood, the colour of the hair on the facial reconstruction needs to be what would have been seen in adulthood.
image courtesy of Carl Vivian
Leicester UniversityUsing the portrait in the Society of Antiquaries of London as a guide, the hair is now a mid brown with a slight wave. Prof Wilkinson, Dr King and Phil Stone hope that this will be "the definitive image of the reconstruction with both scientific and historical evidence to support the hair colour and style."
The White Bear Theatre in Kennington, London 8th – 20th December 2015. Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday.
The week of the reinterment of King Richard III is now behind us and we can all take much solace from the knowledge that the king now lies in peace and honour reburied in the consecrated ground of Leicester Cathedral. more …
A planning application has been received by Northampton Borough Council for a car park to be built on the battlefield site—a battle site of The Wars of the Roses. To learn more and how register your protest please click here.
The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.