Leicester Cathedral Quarter Partnership brings together key organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire who are responding to the unique opportunities presented by the discovery of the remains of King Richard lll in Leicester. The partnership works to enable visitors and local people of all ages and backgrounds to get the most from all the Cathedral area of the city will have to offer. The partnership’s work aims to shed light on the story of the city’s past, its vibrant life and faith. Find out how the organisations that make up the partnership have been involved in the discovery and reinterment of the last Plantagenet King and how they are helping to tell the story of his life.
The University of Leicester led the excavation at the Greyfriars site and the University conducted the post-excavation testing that identified the remains as those of King Richard III.
Leicester Cathedral has housed a major memorial to King Richard in the chancel of the Cathedral since 1982. The Cathedral is now preparing for reinterment of King Richard’s remains in accordance with the terms of exhumation license granted in 2012 by the Ministry of Justice.
The Diocese of Leicester works alongside Leicester Cathedral on the Partnership board. The Diocese serves both the city and the county of Leicestershire.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, located close to the site of the Battle of Bosworth where King Richard III lost his life in 1485, is dedicated to telling the story of the famous battle, the rise of the Tudor dynasty and the discovery of the true location of the battlefield site by Leicestershire County Council. The site is run by Leicestershire County Council.
A temporary exhibition detailing the discovery of King Richard III will continue at Leicester’s Guildhall until summer 2014. It will then be replaced with a comprehensive Visitor Centre across Cathedral Gardens on St Martin’s Place. ‘Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery' will guide visitors through the dramatic story of the king's life, brutal death at Bosworth Field in 1485, and the fascinating story of his rediscovery.
Visit Go Leicestershire for information on Richard III Short breaks to the city and county. www.goleicestershire.com/short-breaks/richardiii.aspx
The Visit Leicester centre can help you plan your trip to Leicester including information on key attractions and accommodation. The Visit Leicester, 51 Gallowtree Gate, Leicester LE1 5AD. www.visitleicester.info/contact-visit-leicester/
The Story of Leicester project is a unique initiative by Leicester City Council marking the important anniversaries and events in the city’s history, telling the Story of Leicester’s proud history and celebrating all the communities that make up the one community of Leicester. www.leicester.gov.uk/storyofleicester
The Richard III Society are dedicated to research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a reassessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role of this monarch in English history. www.richardiii.net/aboutus.php#origins
The Richard III Society’s website also provides a comprehensive list of places in Britain associated with the King. The list features information about Barnard Castle, Bosworth, Crosby Hall, Fotheringhay, Leicester, Middleham and Sheriff Hutton. www.richardiii.net/richards_world.php