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Society events in Leicestershire

The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

Dear Members,

Please find below flyers for events taking place at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House and Gardens at Donington Le Heath this summer.

Bosworth – ‘Dissolution: Monasteries to Manors’ talk 19th July 2017
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1620s House – Friends of Jacobean Craft Group
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1620s House – The Medieval Manor Houses of Leicestershire talk 26th July 2017
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Don’t forget that Members of the Society will receive 20% off standard admission on production of their new style Membership Card.

Kind regards,

Executive Committee

Society news

The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO
Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

Dear Members,

Research blog launched

The Research Committee have set up a blog to help share knowledge of recent research into the life and times of Richard III. It is for both Ricardians and anyone interested in the fifteenth century. The blog can be found at https://riiiresearch.blogspot.co.uk/. The first post (“Buried Treasures”) relates to the burials of Richard’s siblings at Fotheringhay church as well as to one of Cecily duchess of York’s books, and the latest post – “The Myth of Joan of York”

Richard III and the Wider World – Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham

Richard III and historical enthusiasts are invited to a varied programme of talks looking at the Northern attitude towards the King; 15thcentury Netherlands; dress of differing social levels in medieval society, and continental art at the royal court. Date: 28 June 2017; Time: 10.30 – 3.00; Cost: £3.00, inc. light refreshments. Booking is required, tel: 01833 690606 or visit http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/Whats-On/Events/PgrID/1490/PageID/5

Introductory Reading List

The Research Committee have compiled an introductory reading list which is available on the Homepage of the Society website (http://www.richardiii.net). It includes a selection of titles which are the Committee’s personal favourites and those that they have found most useful in understanding Richard III and his world.

Kind regards,

Executive Committee

Events in Leicester (and beyond)

Special event to commemorate Richard III on Sunday, 19 March in Market Bosworth

In 2015 Market Bosworth felt very privileged to be a key resting place on the last journey of the mortal remains of King Richard III to their reburial in Leicester Cathedral. That special event, on 22 March, attracted many thousands of people to view the funeral cortège as it passed through the village which was bedecked with banners, bunting and shields in honour of the King. Thanks to the hard work of a small number of local people, the event, and in particular the sale of 1485 porcelain white roses, resulted in a small financial surplus being available for community use. Inspired by the legacy of the 22 March event, the Parish Council together with the village’s Richard III steering group, decided to use the fund primarily to commission an artwork to be installed in the Market Place. In addition to the village’s Richard III funds, the commemoration has been supported by Hinckley and Borough Council and the input of a small number of local volunteers. The artwork will be dedicated by the Rector of Market Bosworth Rev. Mark Poskitt, Richard Smith and Sally Henshaw representing the Richard III Society and Councillor Richard Allen the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council on 19th March.

The artwork has been crafted by local specialist stone sculptor, Damian Witty. Some images of Damian making the artwork will be uploaded to the Society’s website shortly. Apart from the text around the stone the centre will portray a white rose. The artwork will be officially revealed at 3.30 as part of a medieval themed event in the Market Place. Captain Mortimer and his re-enactors will be there, plus the award winning Hawkwise from the Battlefield Centre, medieval music, a special mobile cinema, Bosworth Battlefield retail stall, the community choir and much more. It is planned that bunting and floral displays in the colours of Richard III will be hung around the Square, and white roses will decorate shop windows.
The events are free, and commence at 1pm, concluding at 5pm.

Richard III Events in Leicester for reburial weekend 2017

Details have just been announced of events marking the anniversary of the reburial.
There will be a service at Leicester Cathedral at 3.00 pm on Saturday March 25th. Representatives of the Richard III Society will be taking part in the service. No further details of this are currently available.

The Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB Tel: 0300 300 0900 will holding a Question and Answer session with Philippa Langley at 10.00 am on Saturday March 25th. The price for this is £10. The event is due to be launched on Monday and should appear on the Richard III Visitor Centre website – www.kriii.com.

It is also understood that Philippa Langley will be opening the Belmont Hotel’s new Richard III bedroom at lunchtime on Friday March 24th. Philippa will also be hosting a dinner on the evening of Saturday March 25th. Further details of these events and a weekend package can be obtained.

A note about Middleham Castle RIII Standard flying on 16th March 2017

To mark the anniversary of the death of Anne Neville on March 16th, the Richard III Standard at Middleham Castle will fly at half-mast. It should be noted, however, that the castle itself is notopen to the public on this day.

The Norfolk Branch programme 2017

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Members’ Discounts

The following has been received from the Society:

The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO
Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

Dear Members,

Membership Card Discounted Entry – first venues confirmed

Following the introduction of new-style membership cards last December, various organisations and locations have been approached regarding the possibility of giving Society members a discount on the entry fee.

Currently, the following locations will give discount on production of the new-style card:

Further updates will appear on the Society’s website and in later Bulletins.
For members’ information, English Heritage and National Trust do not offer discounts other than to their own members.

Kind regards,

Executive Committee

Sad news

I thought I’d pass this on from Jacquie Emerson, the BGLO. I don’t know how many of you knew Helen, but she was a dear and good friend of mine. Sad news indeed. Love and thoughts to her family.
Subject: Helen Ashburn

Some sad news – Helen Ashburn, the secretary of the Greater Manchester Branch for many years
died this morning – merciful release after a long debilitating illness.
Helen was much loved and will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

When I have more detailed information I will let you all have it.


Jacqui Emerson
Branches and Groups Liaison Officer
Richard III Society

A forthcoming biography …

… of King John by Ashley Mantle of the Worcestershire Branch.
The price is £5 and it will be available on Kindle soon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/King-John-History-Pocket-Monarchs/dp/1539891011/ref=sr_1_110?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480958635&sr=1-110&keywords=king+john

Sutton Hoo and Raedwald of East Anglia (2011)

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(originally published in the Ricardian Bulletin)

Saturday 30 July saw nearly twenty of us visit Sutton Hoo, a National Trust property that overlooks Woodbridge from across the Deben. Members travelled from London, Ipswich or by themselves, using booked taxis from Woodbridge station. We were there for three and a half hours, joining an official tour of the Burial Grounds and visiting the indoor Exhibition Hall.
The main grave is supposed to be that of Raedwald, at least a third-generation Anglo-Saxon immigrant from Angeln. Like his grandfather, Wuffa, Raedwald was a “Bretwalda” or high chief of all Saxons south of the Humber and east of about Birmingham, and his “Wuffing” successors became Kings of East Anglia as part of the Heptarchy. Raedwald ruled from 599 to 624/5 and converted to Christianity late in life, yet was still buried in pagan style, possibly at the behest of his sceptical widow. Two of…

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Interesting Link

This link has been found by a sharp-eyed Society member living in Australia. It’s sure to give many hours of happy investigation!

10 Places to Visit in Medieval London

A new blog

One of the Worcestershire Branch’s members, Ashley Mantle, has just started a new blog about medieval history in the Midlands (of England).
Have a read and enjoy!
https://medievalmidlandsblog.wordpress.com/

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