Page added on February 11, 2013
The worldwide interest generated by confirmation that the bones found in Leicester are those of Richard III can trigger an even-greater focus on Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.
Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton has said there could be an economic spin-off for the whole county, with the Heritage Centre already under the spotlight this week with numerous visits from the general public and the media.
And that is a view endorsed by Richard Knox, the County Council’s Heritage Development Manager, who says the astonishing discovery is great for the “city, county and the Leicestershire economy.”
On Monday, the University of Leicester researchers revealed a wealth of evidence – including DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and skeletal examination – which proved the identity of the King who met his end at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
Trauma to the skeleton indicated the individual – male, in his late 20s to late 30s – died after one or two significant wounds to the back of the skull – possibly caused by a sword and a halberd (pole). That was consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard being killed after receiving a blow to the back of the head.
“Hopefully, for Bosworth it means we can tell this fascinating story to an ever-wider group of visitors,” said Knox. “The story of Richard III essentially remains the same as do much of the controversies around his character and reign, but the exciting findings have also firmly debunked the myth that his bones were dug up and thrown into the River Soar.
“We also have a much clearer idea of his physical stature and his appearance but, perhaps, most importantly to the Battle of Bosworth story, the multiple-weapon injuries give a greater, if rather ghastly, insight as to how Richard III met his end.”
Debunking the myths around the King is also the theme of a new and exciting temporary exhibition telling the story of Richard III which opened to the public today (Feb 8). Admission is free to this exhibition which runs until December.
Richard III – The Making of a Myth is a temporary exhibition of the work of Manga-style artist John Aggs which takes into account the new evidence and presents it in a very exciting and striking graphic-novel style.
The free exhibition, which runs until December, will be accompanied by a programme of expert talks and events over the coming months which includes the ever-popular Bosworth Anniversary re-enactment event which this year will be the 528th since the battle and takes place on August 17 and 18.
Visitors can also walk the Battlefield Trail with views to Bosworth Field, or take part in one of the expertly-guided Battlefield Walks.
Future plans include updating the permanent exhibition, which tells the whole story of the Battle of Bosworth, by introducing the results of the Grey Friars project into the Bosworth Field Investigation Lab gallery.