A new free exhibition dedicated to the search for Richard III opened today (8 Feb) at Leicester’s Guildhall.
Richard III: Leicester’s search for a king reveals the archaeological detective work that led to the rediscovery of Greyfriars church, the location of Richard’s grave, and the identification of his remains.
Displays place these findings in their historical context, exploring what written sources tell us about the king’s life and death, and compare these to clues provided by analysis of his bones, from scoliosis to battle wounds.
Interactive touchscreen panels allow visitors to examine these pathologies, while Loughborough University have also loaned a model of the monarch’s skull, created by 3D printing based on CT scans of the remains.
Finds from the Greyfriars excavation are also on display, including decorated floor tiles and masonry from the Medieval church, as well as an accurate model of the Blue Boar Inn, the building in Leicester where Richard spent the night before leaving for Bosworth.
The exhibition is free and it is expected to remain at the Guildhall until a permanent visitor centre is built.