Royal Armouries’ role in new TV documentary focusing on England’s lost king – Richard III - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The work of Royal Armouries’ curator Bob Woosnam-Savage is set to feature in a special follow-up programme, expanding the themes of the Channel Four programme – Richard III: The King in the Car Park – on Wednesday (February 27).

Richard III: The Unseen Story broadcasts at 9pm on More4 and reveals fresh footage and new interviews from the research team that discovered the mortal remains of Richard III, the last English king to fall in battle.

Bob Woosnam-Savage, the Royal Armouries’ Curator of European Edged Weapons, played a key role in investigating the lost king’s battle-related trauma, and attempting to identify some of the possible weapons used to kill the last of the Plantagenets.

Under international academic and media scrutiny, historians and scientists spent five months testing a human skeleton, unearthed during an archaeological project at the former site of Greyfriars Church in Leicester – formerly hidden in an unmarked grave, below a 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.

Historians believe Richard was buried at Greyfriars after his death at the Battle of Bosworth, in 1485 but his corpse was disinterred during the Dissolution. His human remains had never been identified – until the historic announcement on February 4, earlier this year.

Please visit the Greyfriars project website for more details.

There will be a live Q&A with Bob on Twitter on Thursday morning (February 28) from 10am – 11am, to put your questions forward, follow @Royal_Armouries and use #RichardIII.

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