One year on: Richard III reinterment
It has been a year to the day since the mortal remains of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, left the University of Leicester after 931 days of being under the University's custody - 142 days longer than his reign as King of England.
Today marks the start of the one year anniversary week of the reinterment of Richard III.
To mark the occasion, a web portal has been launched featuring multimedia resources chronicling the discovery: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/for-journalists/first-anniversary-of-the-reinterment-of-richard-iii
A new 2-minute video produced by the University of Leicester chronicles the discovery of Richard III from beginning to end.
An image showing Richard III’s spine provides a timeline of significant dates spanning the discovery and reinterment of Richard III.
Below you can find additional content from the University of Leicester marking the one year anniversary:
• An interview with Dr Richard Buckley OBE reflecting on an eventful year and discussing upcoming projects: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/features/features-2016/dr-richard-buckley-2018i-had-a-real-lump-in-my-throat2019
• London's Eltham College performance of Shakespeare's Richard III including scenes depicting University archaeologists: https://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2016-archive/march/college-performance-of-shakespeares-richard-iii-incorporates-discovery-kings-remains
• Storify of the Richard III reinterment week: https://storify.com/UoLNewsCentre/richard-iii-reinterment-week
• Richard III: Discovered exhibition at Leicester's Highcross running until Wednesday 23 March: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/march/richard-iiis-remarkable-story-brought-to-leicester-with-a-detailed-exhibition-showcasing-his-discovery-identification-and-mystery
Throughout the city of Leicester a number of events will be taking place as part of the Richard Reburied Revisited celebrations between Saturday 26 March - Friday 1 April. A list of events can be found here: http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/richard-iii/richard-reburied-revisited/
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 - to search for the lost grave of King Richard III.
Incredibly, the excavation uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. On 4 February 2013, the University announced to the world's press that these were the remains of King Richard III.
On Sunday 22 March 2015 a brief ceremony to mark the departure of the mortal remains of Richard III from the University campus took place, where staff, students and families joined media from around the world to bear witness to the historic occasion.
At 10.50am, the coffin bearing the remains of King Richard III was brought forth from the Fielding Johnson Building, followed by addresses from the Chancellor of the University, the Rt Hon the Lord Grocott, and from the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle.
• Highlights from the ceremony at the University on Sunday 22 March 2015 are available here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2015-archive-1/march/image-highlights-from-richard-iii-ceremony
At a short ceremony at Cathedral Church of St Martin, Leicester, late on Sunday afternoon, Dr Richard Buckley OBE formally passed the care of the remains to the Cathedral in readiness for reinterment on Thursday March 26.
• Image highlights from the reinterment of Richard III at the Cathedral on Thursday 26 March 2015 are available here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2015-archive-1/march/image-highlights-from-the-reinterment-of-richard-iii
You can listen again to what Richard III would have sounded like here: https://soundcloud.com/university-of-leicester/what-would-richard-iii-have