The Grey Friars project: the identification of the remains of King Richard III

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00


Booking Required. Tickets can be purchased online.



Talk by Dr Turi King, Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester

The death of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and ushered in the Tudor period in English History. Historical documents record that after his death Richard’s remains were brought back and buried in the church of the Grey Friars in Leicester.  In August 2012, excavations began with the aim of finding the remnants of the friary and the remains of Richard III. Dr King’s talk will cover the entire project from the excavation through to the detailed scientific analysis of the remains that were found, including the genetic and genealogical research.