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Richard III Festival

Richard_III_earliest_surviving_portraitI've included details of this festival, along with all the events surrounding Richard's reburial, in the forthcoming edition of Tudor Life magazine which is a special Richard III themed issue (out later this week!), but I wanted to draw your attention to this festival so that you could book tickets and make travel arrangements.

The Richard III Festival is taking place in Gloucester, UK, between 6th and 14th March, and includes talks from the Greyfriars dig team and authors like John Ashdown-Hill. I hope that some of you will be able to go.

  • Friday 6 March, 7pm, City Museum - ‘Richard III: the King under the car park’, with Mathew Morris, Greyfriars site director. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 7 March, 11am, City Museum - 'CSI Richard III: Analysis of the King's Bones', with Sarah Hainsworth. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 7 March, 1.30pm, City Museum - Richard III: the genetics, the genealogy and is it actually him?’, with Dr Turi King. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 7 March 3.30pm, City Museum - ‘‘R’ Almost Marked the Spot – Filming the Search for Richard III’, with Carl Vivian, video producer for the University of Leicester. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Tuesday 10 March, 7pm, Gloucester Guildhall - ‘Music in the Age of Richard III’, talk with Cllr Sebastian Field. The talk will be illustrated with recorded musical examples. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Friday 13 March, 2pm, meeting at the City Museum - Richard III – Walking Tour of the City Centre, tour with Christine Morgan. Tour lasts approximately one hour, maximum of 20 people. Tickets £4 each.
  • Friday 13 March, 7-9.30pm, St Nicholas Church - ‘Richard III, Tudor Propaganda and the Judgement of History’ – Choral Concert. Tickets £10 to include mulled wine and cakes.
  • Saturday 14 March, 10.30am, City Museum - ‘‘’Tis but a scratch”, the reality of 15th century Warfare’, with Bob Woosnam-Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 14 March, 12pm, City Museum - ‘Richard III’s Heir? – The Dublin King’, with author and historian Dr Louis-John Ashdown-Hill. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 14 March, 2pm, City Museum - ‘Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III’, with Professor Philip Schwyzer. Tickets £7.50 per person.
  • Saturday 14 March, 3.45pm, City Museum – The Trial of Richard III. Come along and witness the trial of Richard III, hear all the facts and opinions from the defence and the prosecution – then see what fate the impartial judge delivers! Tickets £5 per person.

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