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The National Portrait Gallery is to send 50 portraits to places most closely associated with them, so the portrait of Richard will go to Leicester, to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

York Dungeon has set up a petition asking for the supposed remains of the Princes in Westminster Abbey to be re-examined.

Out now, John Ashdown-Hill's book The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower in which he reveals the mtDNA of the bones.

Philippa Langley's research into The Princes in the Tower.

Another report on the mystery.

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

Richard Victorious, a new novel about Richard III by Shirley Hall, accompanied by a video and new song by Ian Churchward. The book is now on sale.

History Festival at Lupton House near Brixham, Devon. It takes place on 11th & 12th August. The Medieval Free Company Wars of the Roses reenactment group will be there on both days and The Legendary Ten Seconds will be playing their Ricardian songs on 12th August at the event.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August Bosworth Commemoration organised by the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, together with the Richard III Society. More details of this year's events.

Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle on the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th, 26th & 27th August 2018).
Save 10% on all Day and Weekend Tickets, when you use the Discount Code - CASTLE10. Enter the Discount Code at the bottom of the online registration page for the tickets.

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 song about Edmund Mortimer during the reign of Henry IV, to promote On The Trail Of The Mortimers, a book written by the chairman of the Mortimer History Society.

John Ashdown-Hill has a book about Cecily Neville out now.

Joanna Laynesmith has written an important and impressive account of the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. It’s available from the publishers.
A copy is in our branch library.

Richard III's National Portrait Gallery portrait built in Lego.

A document from Richard’s time, detailing his income from the Duchy of Cornwall has been found.
It was sold at Bonhams on March 21st for £20,000.

Richard III's gravesite has been given protected status by Historic England.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference in Ludlow.
Three speakers are booked already - Ian Mortimer on the Mortimer claim to the throne; Prof Chris Given-Wilson on the rebellions against the Lancastrian kings in the name of Mortimer; Joanna Laynesmith on how Cecily Neville and Edward IV used the symbolism and mythology of the Mortimer inheritance.
The focus for this event will be the later Mortimers, Earls of March, and the importance of the Mortimer inheritance for the House of York. It will be in Ludlow as the town provides a strong physical connection between the Mortimers and the House of York.

John Ashdown Hill has put his talks onto his website and Facebook page for everyone to use.

John Ashdown-Hill's latest research into why Richard III's Y chromosome is different to others known to be descended from Edward III.

John Ashdown-Hill's full itinerary of Edward IV is on his section on the Amberley Publishing.website.

Members of the Richard III Society now receive a membership card entitling 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.

Following recent discussions with English Heritage, the Richard III Society is pleased to announce that it has donated a new Richard III standard to Middleham Castle (scroll down to 7 September 2016 for the report). It will be flown on the following dates. 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.

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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