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Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch

Programme of speakers 2018/19

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20th
‘Francis Viscount Lovell’ – Ted White will examine the story of Francis Lovell, one of Richard III’s closest supporters. What became of him after the Battle of East Stoke in 1487? There are several conflicting theories, including the one that he was buried in Gedling Church.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd
‘Exploring Medieval Coventry’– An own transport trip to Coventry is planned, where Richard Smith will guide us around the medieval part of the city. Further details to follow.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th
‘Richard III by Numbers: How forensic statistics nailed the identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet’– Professor Kevin Schurer from Leicester University will describe the fascinating step-by-step story of how the Leicester Research Team used forensic statistical methods to identify the mortal remains of Richard III beyond reasonable doubt. This is the delayed talk from March 2018.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th
‘Sir James Tyrell’ - Sally Henshaw will take a look at the life of the supposed murderer of Edward IV’s sons, the ‘Princes in the Tower’. Sir Thomas More and William Shakespeare both accuse Tyrell of the deed, but is there more to the story?
THURSDAY DECEMBER 20th
‘A Meal at Taste Restaurant’- A three course meal and coffee is booked for 7pm at 'Taste', Leicester College, Freemen’s Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7LW. Please let me have full payment by the September meeting. Menu and prices (£21.50 last year) to follow.
NO MEETINGS ARE HELD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
THURSDAY MARCH 21st 2019
‘Medieval Gardens’ – Michael Brown is a garden historian and a consultant to many heritage sites, also the creator of the medieval gardens at Nassington Prebendal Manor. Michael will give us a costumed talk about the work of a medieval gardener. He will also bring a small display of items with him. This is one not to be missed!
THURSDAY APRIL 18th 2019
‘Recent excavations at Bradgate Park’ – A five year programme of archaeology at Bradgate Park each summer (2015-2019) has already uncovered some interesting finds. Peter Liddle will delight us with the discoveries so far, especially the buildings pre-dating the brick structures of Bradgate House. Lady Jane Grey’s home may not have looked quite as we imagined it did.
THURSDAY MAY 23rd 2019
‘Branch Annual General Meeting’ 
THURSDAY JUNE 20th 2019
‘Edmund of Langley’s Tomb’– We welcome back Professor Kevin Schurer to enthral us with his recent research into the tomb of Edmund of Langley who was Richard III’s great grandfather (or was he?)
THURSDAY JULY 18th 2019
‘Medieval Education – Mother’s Knee to University’- Using sources including Ashby de la Zouch Grammar School and the University of Dublin Alison Coates will tell us about education in the middle ages. Girls learnt domestic skills from their mothers, while the wealthy also learnt social skills to enable them to marry well! Initially only boys had tutors, but this slowly changed by the late 1400s. The sons of tradesmen/craftsmen learnt their crafts as apprentices.
All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 7pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings are free to branch members, but visitors are requested to donate £2 towards the expenses of the meeting. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary (see Contact Page).