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A different portrait of Richard III is on display at Hever Castle from 2 October, the 567th anniversary of Richard III's birthday.


Who Layeth There from History Book Part One about Coldridge Church and Edward V.


Online lectures from the Mortimer History Society, including those given at the joint Richard III Society / Mortimer History Society conference in June.


A date for your calendars next year: Saturday 2 to Monday 4 May 2020
The Mortimer's Cross Battlefield Project will be holding an event. Details later.


2021 sees the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey and the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. Big events are planned!


A National Lottery grant will enable urgent repairs to St Mary's Church in Barnard Castle, and help a project to raise awareness of its heritage value.

St Mary's Church Barnard Castle is embarking on a major restoration project to include the church tower, the clerestory windows installed by Richard III, and other stained glass. You can donate here


Monday 19th August - a plaque to Richard III was unveiled at Bestwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire by Dr Phil Stone, Chairman of the Richard III Society.
Bestwood Lodge is a Best Western Hotel located at Bestwood Country Park, Nottingham NG5 8PD. The hotel is built on the site of a medieval hunting lodge and it was here, in August of 1485, that Richard III heard the news of Henry Tudor’s landing on the Pembrokeshire coast.


The Ricardian
The Ricardian, volumes 3-20, 1974 - 2010, can now be consulted and searched online for free.


You can now access some articles from the Ricardian Bulletin online on the Richard III Society website.

Articles currently available are:
Richard III and the Men who Died in Battle by the late Lesley Boatwright, the late Moira Habberjam and Peter Hammond.
Like father, like son: Richard, duke of York and Richard III by Matthew Lewis.
Richard III and St Ninian by Sandra Pendlington
Richard III and ‘our poor subject Katherine Bassingbourne' by David Johnson
Richard III and Scotland by David Santiuste
The loveliest music and the Turkish frontier itself: von Popplau’s day with King Richard by Marie Barnfield


Richard III Society blog.


Members of the Richard III Society receive a membership card which must be shown to entitle them to the following discounts:

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle: discounted rate of £7 per person for groups of 12 or more.

Ludlow Castle: discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more.

York Archaeological Trust - Barley Hall and the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences: individual discounts of 15%.

King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester: individual discount of 25%. Tickets are valid for a year for free return entry.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 20% off

Donington 1620s House and Garden, Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW - 20% off

Haddon Hall - individual discount of 10% on full ticket price.

Sudeley Castle no longer offer a discount, as from August 2018.

Tewkesbury Battlefield Society is offering a free guided walk of the battlefield. However, a small donation (£2 - £3) at the end of the tour is requested towards the costs of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.
Free walks for Branches or Groups can be arranged outside the scheduled walks. These include a tour of the Abbey which would incur a £5 donation per person paid to the Abbey for its upkeep (that is the amount the Abbey suggests per visitor).
The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society also runs a few additional events each year such as talks and extended walks etc. There is a charge for these and the Society is offering a 20% discount to members of the Richard III Society.
Tewkesbury Abbey has a couple of rooms it lets out, if a branch wanted to have a base in the town for a day. There is a small kitchen for teas etc and a café on site. Contact is best made directly to them via the Abbey website.


The Richard III Society donated a Richard III standard to Middleham Castle. It will be flown on the dates below. The standard was officially donated to the castle on behalf of the Society on 2nd October 2016 at 2.30pm by Susan Wells, Deputy Chairman. (Scroll down to 7 September 2016 for the report after following the link).

1st February - Richard marries Anne 1473
16th March - Queen Anne’s death 1485
26th March - Reburial in Leicester of Richard III 2015
16th April - Edward of Middleham died 1484
29th June - Richard granted the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith 1471
First weekend in July - Middleham Festival
6th July - Richard III crowned 1483
22nd August - Richard III died 1485
2nd October - Birth of Richard III 1452

Where exact dates are not known for certain events in the aforementioned list, the dates chosen are symbolic and as close to the likely date as we can ascertain. In addition, it has been agreed to fly the banner during the Middleham Festival each July.


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