Doors open for all our indoor meetings at 1.30pm and meetings start at 2.00 pm unless otherwise stated.
Indoor meetings cost £3 (or £5 if it's a speaker from outside the branch) which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit (or two!)
See also Calendar of Events for 2018, which includes events organised by the Richard III Society, and other branches and groups.
See also the Medieval Calendar
Programme for 2018 for the Worcestershire Branch of the Richard III Society
Saturday 10 March 2018
The History of Dudley Castle - a talk by Max Keen at Upton Snodsbury WR7 4NH.
Saturday 14 April 2018
Branch AGM and time to renew membership for another year. There will also be a talk by member Jane Tinklin on The Bishop's Palace Worcester, ready for our visit there in October. The AGM will be held at Holy Innocents Hall Kidderminster DY11 7BD.
Saturday 12 May 2018 - FULL DAY
"Researching Two Princes, Three Kings and the Last Medieval Queens" - Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall DY10 4QA - reserve the date in your diary!
Matthew Lewis will talk first on “The Survival of the Princes in the Tower”, 10:30 – 11:30 followed by a half hour tea break. Next the talk by Dr Heather Falvey on the “Reburial of Henry VI at St George’s Chapel, Windsor”, 12:00 – 1:00. We will then take an hour break for lunch, 1:00pm till 2:00, and then finish with Joanna Laynesmith’s talk, “In Search of Medieval Queens” 2:00pm till 3:00. This will be followed by a final tea break until 3:30.
Tickets cost £10 for branch members and £20 for non-members. This will include lunch, tea and coffee. Lunch will consist of a savoury and sweet buffet.
Someone will pick visitors up from Kidderminster train station to take them to the venue. The venue has a capacity of 120 people.
More on the speakers in alphabetical order:
Dr Heather Falvey - Subject: The Reburial of Henry VI at St George’s Chapel, Windsor: a place of popular pilgrimage- In August 1484 Richard III had the remains of Henry VI transferred from Chertsey Abbey to St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The body was placed in a new coffin, which was lodged in a tomb under an arch in the quire to the right of the high altar. Almost directly opposite, on the left, was the ornate tomb that was currently being built over the burial place of Edward IV. Why did Richard move Henry to Windsor? His likely motives were political, practical and religious. At this time Windsor was already a popular place of pilgrimage: a few years earlier the remains of Sir John Schorne, a former priest at North Marston (Bucks), had been moved to St George’s so that the newly rebuilt chapel could benefit from the offerings left at Schorne’s shrine. This talk briefly outlines Henry’s death, his original burial and the possible reasons for the reinterment of his remains; it also briefly discusses the campaign in the 1500s to have Henry canonised. Finally it considers some of the miracles attributed to him and what they tell us about everyday life in late medieval England.
Dr Joanna Laynesmith - Subject: In Search of the Last Medieval Queens- a workshop on how I researched and wrote my book on English Queenship 1445-1503 giving the audience the opportunity to consider how to respond to some of the sources.
Matthew Lewis - Subject: The Survival of the Princes in the Tower. One mystery casts a long, dark shadow over history and exerts a pull like no other: the Princes in the Tower. For centuries, an argument has raged over who was responsible for the murder of the sons of King Edward IV. In his book, Matt Lewis asks whether this is the right question. What if the sons of Edward IV were not murdered in 1483 and survived Richard III's rule?
Saturday 9 June 2018
Clive Montellier to give a tour of the site of the Battle of Tewkesbury.
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and Battle Re-enactment. The Worcestershire Branch will have its stall there on the Saturday.
Saturday 11 August 2018
Evening tour of Stratford on Avon starting at 6pm.
Saturday 8 September 2018 - FULL DAY
Trip to Malvern and Herefordshire led by Ralph Richardson to see the "most beautiful lady in England, Blanche Mortimer".
Saturday 13 October 2018
Tour of the Bishop's Palace in Worcester.
Saturday 10 November 2018
The Traitors' Arms - a talk by Posy Hill at a Malvern venue, TBA.
Saturday 8 December 2018
Christmas Lunch - Bring and Share. Upton Snodsbury 12 - 3pm. WR7 4NH.
Page last updated on 11 February 2018