Bosworth 1485

Inspiring Bosworth

‘Inspiring Bosworth’ is a separate project, running in parallel with the development of the art trail. It has been made possible by funding support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Dixie Educational Foundation. bosworth1485


The ‘Inspiring Bosworth’ project will work with local communities and schools to engage and inspire them with and about the development of the Bosworth 1485 Sculpture Trail. The trail is a rural route which will link the six key locations of the Battle using rights of way, canal paths and village lanes. Each location will be represented through sculpture and other art forms. Work on this major capital project is now under development.

‘Inspiring Bosworth’ provides a unique and exciting opportunity for local communities and schools to shape the interpretation of the trail through education, outreach and creative activities. The project will focus on the archaeology, artefacts and landscape of the battle scene. There will be opportunities for people to handle artefacts and listen to and learn from historians and archaeologists. There will also be opportunities for schools and communities to create their own works of art, with professional artists, based around the themes of the sculptures. This work will feed into and influence the interpretation boards that form part of the sculpture trail and be used for on-line information and other digital representation.

The project aims to engage and inspire the communities of Market Bosworth, Sutton Cheney, Dadlington and Stoke Golding. It will leave a lasting legacy of the Battle of Bosworth and the events since which still continue to shape our communities today. Free tickets are now available for the community lecture series as detailed below.



‘Places of memory; history expressed in bronze and stone’

Dr Anthony McIntosh

: Monday 13th January 2020, 7.30pm

Venue: Market Bosworth Library

Parking: On street

Public monuments and sculpture teach us about history. They are erected to commemorate people or events, to celebrate them, and often to record sacrifice; they mark places on the landscape, and offer an opportunity, for people living in the present, to learn about the past. They can become places where local communities carry out rituals, and create memories, and through this they can provide ways in which we develop what we call a ‘sense of place’ and often a sense of ‘community identity’.

As part of our local landscape, they also contribute to a sense of familiarity with our surroundings, not just for people who live nearby, but also for people who visit our villages, towns, and cities. In many ways, just like ‘The Angel of the North’ in Gateshead, public monuments and sculpture can thereby become powerful symbols of the places we call home.

This presentation explores ways in which the physical presence of public monuments and sculpture can transform the simple spaces, in which we live, into places, by providing opportunities for thinking about our past, for creating new memories in the present, and for strengthening community identity.

FREE - Reserve your space here 


Lecture with Dr Michael Jones

Date: 18th January 2020, 7.30pm

Venue: St. Peter’s Primary School, Market Bosworth.

Parking: On Street

Join Dr Michael Jones, renowned historian and author to hear about Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth. Bosworth 1485 is one of our most famous battles, marking the death of Richard III and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty. But could its outcome have been different? Military historian Dr Michael Jones looks at the recent discovery of Richard's remains and the archaeological finds on the battlefield and puts them within a broader context: how King Richard hoped to defeat his rival claimant, Henry Tudor.

There will be a selection of books by Dr Michael Jones available to buy on the evening.

FREE - Reserve your space here


1485 legacy trail taster walk

Eddie Smallwood

Date: RESCHEDULED DATE: 25th January 2020  9:00am – 2:00pm

Venue: Meet in the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre car park at 9am.

Parking: In the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre car park which is chargeable.

Meet local historian Eddie Smallwood in the car park of the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre at 9am for a walk which is approximately 8KM in length. Walk around the area of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth and visit churches connected to the battle, including Sutton Cheney, where Richard III is reputed to have prayed, and Dadlington where some of the dead from the battle are buried. Hear the story of the battle, and learn about the lives and deaths of those involved. Find out about the sculptures planned for those sites which will tell the story in iconic works of art. The walk will finish back at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre at around 2pm. The walk is suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age. Dogs are not permitted.

FREE - Reserve your space here



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