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 …
We congratulate John Ashdown-Hill on his recent election to the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries where he joins other Society members Anne Sutton, Livia Visser-Fuchs, Peter Hammond, and indeed our Patron.
Read an account of the proceedings of the Judicial Review which was held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 13 and 14 March.
Earlier this year, the University of Leicester announced that it plans to sequence the genome of Richard III's DNA. In time, this will mean that we can all know a lot more about the man—his eye and hair colour, the nature of his scoliosis, and something about his family.
Inevitably, members of the Society are divided on the issue of further testing on the remains of King Richard. Messages have been received expressing both concern and approval. Whether one approves or disagrees, it must be remembered that, once the excavation began and the subsequent events were started, the Society no longer had any control. The Richard III Society is not the custodian of the remains and Society funds paid only for the dig and the facial reconstruction. The scientific testing has been paid for by others, including Leicester University. more …
The Gastons is part of the battlefield where the House of York reasserted its hold on the throne with Edward IV's victory at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. More recently, the school which owns the land, has decided to sell it in order to raise money. To prevent the land being bought by developers, Tewkesbury Battlefield Society has set up a fighting fund to purchase the land and to keep it as a leisure facility, for walks, as a battlefield trail and a wildlife park.
At the Royal Television Society Programme Awards for 2013, held 18 March 2014 at London's Grosvenor Park Hotel, Darlow Smithson's
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Philippa Langleydocumentary 'Richard III: King in the Car Park' for Channel 4, won in the 'History category'. 'The winning programme created headlines around the world, and vividly portrayed the application of forensic science to a major historical mystery. It was presented with huge gusto, authority and sense of event.' The documentary was based on the original 'Looking for Richard' project devised and developed by Society member Philippa Langley. Congratulations to all involved!
The other nominees were 'Secrets from the Workhouse' and 'The Story of the Jews'.
The facial reconstruction of King Richard III, commissioned by the Society,
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Society.is currently on tour. After these dates, it is expected to become a central feature of the new Visitor Centre, close to the grave site, in Leicester.
Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, 2 April 2014 – 15 April 2014
Philippa Langley and Michael Jones undertook a country-wide tour to promote The Search for Richard III: the King's Grave published 2 October 2013.
Their tour has now concluded. It was extremely successful with packed audiences who were interested to learn more about the real Richard III.