NEW EVIDENCE CASTS FRESH LIGHT ON LAST MOMENTS OF KING RICHARD III - Tuesday, 19 August 2014
One of Britain’s most fascinating recent archaeological finds goes under the spotlight at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on August 20 during a talk focused on the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton under a Leicester car park and some of the latest research into his death.
Royal Armouries’ Curator of European Edged Weapons, Bob Woosnam-Savage, will discuss the likely sequence of events that led to the demise of the “Lost King of England”, who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
A leading expert on medieval edged weapons, Bob will detail how his contribution to the forensic investigations helped the archaeological team to identify the last of the Plantagenet kings and the latest research into his last moments and death.
Bob has also been filmed for a new Channel 4 documentary due to be broadcast on Sunday, August 17, at 9pm – Richard III: The New Evidence. The third in an award-winning series, this programme follows the investigations which have cast such significant light on Richard’s life, death and burial.
Bob said, “The programme will reveal some fascinating new discoveries about the last English king to die in battle. In it we discover how Richard’s scoliosis would have affected his ability to wield a sword, wear armour, ride a horse and use a lance.
So why not come along on August 20 and meet me and discover more about my work with the team involved in this amazing archaeological adventure.”
The search for Richard’s skeleton started almost two years ago exactly. Under international academic and media scrutiny, historians and scientists spent five months testing Richard’s skeleton, unearthed during an archaeological project at the former site of Greyfriars Church in Leicester – formerly hidden in an unmarked grave, below what is now a city council car park.
Bob was invited to join the Greyfriars’ project by the University of Leicester and worked to help identify Richard, using his expert knowledge of medieval weapons.
Many historians believed that Richard was buried at Greyfriars after his death at the Battle of Bosworth but that his corpse had been disinterred at some point after the Dissolution, which took place from 1536 to 1540. His remains had never been identified – until the historic announcement on February 4, last year.
Tickets for Bob’s latest talk – Killed the Boar: Shaved his Head – are available, priced £5, by calling 0113 220 1888 or by visiting www.royalarmouries.org
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Notes to editors
- Bob Woosnam-Savage, AMA, took up his post at the Royal Armouries in 2001. He read Art History at the University of Manchester (1978-81) and gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (1982). He has been involved with work on various battlefields including Towton (1461), Bosworth (1485) and Culloden (1746).
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
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