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Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch

Programme of speakers 2019/20

THURSDAY OCTOBER 17th 2019
‘The Private Life of Edward lV’ and ‘The Mythology of Richard lll’ - two Powerpoint presentations of the late Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s work. There will be an interval between the two presentations for refreshments and discussion.
NO MEETINGS ARE HELD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
THURSDAY MAY 23rd 2020
‘Branch Annual General Meeting’ 
THURSDAY JUNE 20th 2019
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th 2019
Plague and Plague Doctors’ Joseph Robey will tell us the story of the plague, its effects, how it shaped medieval society and the origins of the notorious plague doctor outfit
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).
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21st 2019 ‘News from Bosworth Battlefield’ – Richard Knox, the Heritage Development Manager at the battlefield centre, will bring us up to date with the ongoing projects at the centre, including the 1485 sculpture trail and recent fieldwork on the battlefield. THURSDAY DECEMBER 19th 2019 ‘A Meal at the Taste Restaurant’ – A three course meal and coffee is booked for 7pm at Taste, Leicester College, Freeman’s Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7LW.
THURSDAY MARCH 19th 2020
‘Barber Surgeons’ – In the middle ages the barber surgeons were the most common medical practioners in Europe. Eddie Smallwood will enlighten us on the subject of getting a haircut and surgery at the same time!
THURSDAY APRIL 16th 2020
‘More Discoveries at Bradgate Park’ – We welcome back Peter Liddle to update us on the recent discoveries made at Bradgate Park and what it might mean with regard to the dating of the brick building we know as Bradgate House.
‘John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester’ – This year is the 550th anniversary of the execution of the man referred to as the ‘Butcher of England’. Richard Smith will tell us the story of Edward IV’s infamous Earl of Worcester.
THURSDAY JULY 2020 (date to be arranged)
‘Longthorpe Tower’ – This stone tower near Peterborough was built between 1290 and 1300 by a lawyer named Robert Thorpe. The first floor room of this tower contains some spectacular wall paintings. This is an own cars’ trip. More details to follow.