The Discovery of Richard III

Portrait of Richard III

In August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle.

Incredibly, the excavation uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. On 4th February 2013, the University announced to the world's press that these were the remains of King Richard III.

Read about the background to the search, the discovery and identification of the remains - and the implications for our understanding of history...

School sessions and resources

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Activities and talks

If you are interested in activities or talks in relation to the discovery of Richard III please contact Charlotte Barratt (


The experiences of Charlotte Barratt, Richard III Outreach Officer, as she co-ordinates the University’s activity to communicate the story of the discovery of Richard III to diverse audiences.

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Richard III: The Evidence

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The Big Bang Fair 2014

We will be showing school children and families how the science behind the discovery of Richard III could help identify him and how he died at the Battle of Bosworth.
13-16 March 2014 at the Birmingham NEC

Richard III at the Big Bang Fair 2014

Shakespeare’s Richard III

The Leicester University Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Richard III in association with The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project.

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