Richard III Festival
After the success of last year’s Festival we are back this year with an even better program of talks. Featuring talks with Professors from the University of Leicester, visitors can expect to hear all the expert findings directly from those who have published the research. Details of all talks below, follow the links to purchase tickets online. Please note that new talks will be added so check back for up to date details.
6th – 14th March
Friday 6th March
‘Richard III: the King under the car park’, with Mathew Morris
Mathew Morris, Greyfriars site director, presents the latest research from the search for Richard III. Tickets £7.50 per person.
7pm, City Museum CLICK HERE| to purchase tickets online, or telephone (01452) 396131.
Saturday 7th March
'CSI Richard III: Analysis of the King's Bones', with Sarah Hainsworth
11am, City Museum Tickets £7.50 per person.
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‘Richard III: the genetics, the genealogy and is it actually him?’, with Dr Turi King
Hear Dr Turi King take us through the genetics and genealogy behind the Richard III case, and demonstrate how you can extract DNA from a non-Medieval banana!
1.30pm, City Museum. Tickets £7.50 per person.
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‘‘R’ Almost Marked the Spot – Filming the Search for Richard III’, with Carl Vivian
As a video producer for the University of Leicester Carl Vivian was asked to record the Search for Richard III from the moment the ground was broken at the Greyfriars site to the final announcement that confirmed the identity of the remains.
The images taken over the six month project is a unique record of the event and has been used in three Channel 4 films, to illustrate the City Council's King Richard III Visitor Centre and by News Broadcasters from all over the world.
In this short talk Carl Vivian picks out some of the highlights of the project illustrated with material that’s never been broadcast and concludes with a look at what’s happened on the project since that historic announcement on 4th February 2013. Tickets £7.50 per person.
3.30pm, City Museum CLICK HERE| to purchase tickets online, or telephone (01452) 396131.
Tuesday 10th March
‘Music in the Age of Richard III’, talk with Cllr Sebastian Field
Richard III's lifetime (1452-1485) saw a remarkable development in English music. Composers such as John Dunstable and John Plummer were leading this development, which flowered in the reign of Henry VII with the Eton Choirbook. Professional singer and Gloucester City Councillor Sebastian Field traces the origins of medieval polyphony and the growth of English music, particularly during the reign of King Richard III. The talk will be illustrated with recorded musical examples. Tickets £7.50 per person.
7pm, Gloucester Guildhall CLICK HERE| to purchase tickers online, or telephone (01452) 503050
Friday 13th March
Richard III – Walking Tour of the City Centre, tour with Christine Morgan
Follow in Richard's footsteps to look at some of the buildings he would have seen and visited during his stay in Gloucester and hear about the background to and purpose of his visit which was part of his royal progress in the area. Tour lasts approximately one hour, maximum of 20 people. Tickets £4 each.
2pm, Meeting at the City Museum CLICK HERE| to purchase tickets online or telephone (01452) 396131
‘Richard III, Tudor Propaganda and the Judgement of History’ – Choral Concert
The programme will include Sumer is Icumen in, the earliest known piece of English polyphony, the beautiful medieval carol There is no Rose, and Pastime with Good Company, allegedly written by Henry VIII. The concert will feature vocal music performed by the Sine Nomine Youth Choir, instrumental music from IatB Ensemble, and solo songs performed by Sebastian and Vicki Field, accompanied by members of IatB. Narrator Chris Chatterton, former Mayor of Gloucester, will tell the story of this much maligned Plantagenet King, and how his reputation has waxed and waned under the Tudor propagandists and after.
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7pm – 9.30pm, St Nicholas Church This event will include a 30 minute interval in which mulled wine and cakes will be served over the road at the Gloucester Folk Museum. A special rate £10 ticket is available if you’d like to include refreshments. Please note that refreshments are NOT available on the night without a pre-booked ticket. PLEASE REMEMBER to bring a thick coat - the church can get very cold!
Saturday 14th March ‘‘’Tis but a scratch”, the reality of 15th century Warfare’, with Bob Woosnam-Savage
Medieval arms and armour, and particularly that of the 15th century often conjures up wonderful images of knights and men-at-arms in shining armour together with, what appear to be almost fantastic displays of superb heraldry, perhaps in the form of painted silken banners and ostrich feather panache’s and plumes. Join Bob Woosnam-Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, as he takes us on an interesting journey. Warning: Contains adult content and images some viewers my find distressing. Tickets £7.50 per person.
10.30am, City Museum CLICK HERE| to purchase your tickets online or telephone (01452) 396131.
‘Richard III’s Heir? – The Dublin King’, with Dr Louis-John Ashdown-Hill
In 1486 – just a year after Henry VII had killed Richard III at the battle of Bosworth and seized the crown - a young man claiming to be a Richard’s heir appeared, to oust the usurper and reclaim the throne for the legitimate royal family. In 1487, he was crowned King of England in Dublin’s cathedral. So who was this boy? Henry VII’s government officially announced that he was an imposter called Lambert Simnel, son of a craftsman from Oxford. But late fifteenth-century Continental and Irish writers insisted that he was Edward, Earl of Warwick, son of Richard III’s brother, the Duke of Clarence. Whoever he was, he had the backing of key members of the Yorkist royal family. In his talk (and in his latest book) John Ashdown-Hill offers new and intriguing evidence regarding the identity of THE DUBLIN KING. Tickets £7.50 per person.
12pm, City Museum
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‘Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III’, with Professor Philip Schwyzer
This talk will be followed by a book signing featuring the publication of the same name. Tickets £7.50 per person.
2pm, City Museum CLICK HERE| to purchase tickets for this event.
Events may be added to the programme above any day, so please check back regularly to make sure you don't miss out.