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© Richard III Society - Leicestershire Branch
Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch
THURSDAY APRIL 19th 2018 ‘Magnates, martyrs and traitors’ Few families were more distinguished in the middle ages than the House of Scrope. In 300 years, the family produced innumerable earls, barons, bishops, Knights of the Garter and bannerets. Not to mention a Chancellor, Treasurers, Chief Justices of England and an Archbishop. Dave Potter will also tell us about the more controversial figures – Archbishop Scrope and his nephew Baron Scrope of Masham who were both beheaded.
THURSDAY JUNE 21st 2018 ‘The Wedding of the Century’ – Richard Smith will enlighten us on the wedding that everyone was talking about in 1468. The marriage of Richard III’s sister, Margaret of York, to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. Their wedding took place 550 years ago this year and every five years in Bruges a pageant is still held to celebrate the event.
THURSDAY MAY 24th 2018 Branch Annual General Meeting
SATURDAY JULY 7th 2018 ‘Own Cars visit to Haddon Hall’ – If enough people are interested we could visit this beautiful, medieval manor house in Derbyshire for our summer outing. More details to follow if there is sufficient interest.
Silken Thomas and the Earls of Kildare’ – Sally Henshaw will talk about Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare, who became a thorn in the side of Henry VIII. Thomas, who was also known as 'Silken Thomas', led a rebellion in Ireland against King Henry VIII after hearing rumours in June 1534 that his father (Gerald FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Kildare) had been executed in the Tower of London and that the English government intended the same fate for himself and his uncles.
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).

Programme of speakers 2017/18

A Voice for Richard

On Saturday June 30th 2018 a One Day Conference will be held at Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ from 09.30 until 16.30. The programme will feature presentations by: Professor Caroline Wilkinson Professor David Crystal Yvonne Morley Tim Charrington Morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the price. Own arrangements for lunch. Please apply for tickets (£24 each) and further details by May 31st 2018 to: Sally Henshaw (branch secretary), 28 Lyncroft Leys, Scraptoft, Leicester. LE7 9UW. Telephone 0116 243 3785 Email The day's programme 9.30 – 9.50    Registration 9.50 – 10.00 Welcome 10.00 – 11.00 Professor Caroline Wilkinson is a craniofacial expert, forensic artist and facial animator and will be speaking about her role in creating a voice for Richard. 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee & Biscuits 11.30 – 12.30 Yvonne Morley is an associate with the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as voice teacher and vocal coach. Yvonne specialises in vocal profiling and is adapting this work to create a voice for Richard. 12.30 – 13.50 Lunch 13.50 – 14.00 Grand Raffle Prize Draw 14.00 – 15.00 Professor David Crystal is a distinguished author, linguist and specialist in original pronunciation and is undertaking analysis of Richard’s writing, spelling and historical context. 15.00 – 15.30 Tea & Cake 15.30 –16.30 Tim Charrington is an accent and dialect coach, working on dialect options within the historical context and original pronunciation. Tim will do a shared session with the other speakers discussing the work so far and demonstrating the original pronunciation for Richard and his contemporaries.