Richard III - One Year On

Richard Buckley University of Leicester
February 2013 - Richard Buckley confirms the discovery of King Richard III

4th February 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the discovery of King Richard III in Leicester. Have a look at what's happened in the city since that day...

February 2013

The University of Leicester  announces the skeleton exhumed from the Greyfriars Church is, beyond reasonable doubt, King Richard III.

The University Vice-Chancellor, supported by the city Mayor, formally ask Leicester Cathedral  to make preparations for reinterment of the remains in the Cathedral.

First screening of Richard III: The King in the Car Park – Channel 4 documentary telling the story of the excavation and scientific investigation.

Leicester City Council announces plans for Leicester’s Guildhall to host a temporary exhibition telling the story of King Richard III.

Richard III Reconstructed Head

A reconstruction of King Richard’s head, commissioned by the Richard III Society and created by experts from Dundee University, is unveiled.

Michael Ibsen, the 17th century generation nephew of Richard III, visits Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Loughborough University reveals a model of King Richard's skull, made from the CT scan of the skeleton at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Leicester City Council launches ‘Window Walk’  – an outdoor exhibition screening empty shop fronts, which tell the story of Richard III.

Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King  exhibition opens at the Guildhall.

King Richard III short break packages launched  by Leicestershire Promotions, including entry to exhibitions, guided walks and overnight accommodation.

Blue Badge Guide walking tour of King Richard III Leicester begins.

An exhibition entitled The Making of a Myth, depicting the turbulent life of Richard III opens at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Guildhall exhibition
Guildhall exhibition

March 2013

Work begins to redevelop Applegate in Leicester’s old town – part of the City Mayor’s Connecting Leicester vision.

Richard III traveling exhibition telling the story of King Richard III visits city libraries.

Rose-laying ceremony marks the Bosworth fallen at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Broadcaster and journalist, Ian McMillan, is commissioned to write a poem about the Richard III discovery.

Worldwide interest in the Richard III discovery almost doubles visitor figures at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

The newly formed ‘Plantagenet Alliance’ announce that they intend to seek judicial review of the decision to reinter in the Cathedral.

April 2013

50,000 visitor welcomed to Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King exhibition at the Guildhall.

Richard Buckley opens new exhibition at Snibston Discovery Park entitled Treasure! Shedding Light on Leicestershire’s Past

Richard III DVD


May 2013

Second Visit Leicester Centre opens – Old Town Information Point - in the BBC Radio Leicester building, offering a range of information on local heritage and King Richard III. 

A new DVD combining two specially commissioned Channel 4 programmes on the search for King Richard III go on sale.

Archaeologists, from the University of Leicester, publish the first peer-reviewed paper on the archaeology of the Search for Richard III in the prestigious journal Antiquity.

Continue to read developments from June to September 2013