Calendar of Events in 2017

See also the branch programme and the Medieval Calendar


The Newport Ship. The Centre is now open every Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 4.00pm, and also Bank Holiday Mondays. This best preserved example of a fifteenth century ship could have been owned by the Earl of Warwick.

Now until Sunday 3 September 2017
King Richard’s ‘Book of Hours’ which was last seen as part of the ceremony when the king was reburied in March 2015 is now on display as part of an exhibition in Lincoln. Along with many other historical artefacts, including the ‘Domesday Book’ – it will be on display until 3rd September 2017.

Saturday 24 June 2017
Memorials in the Marches - Monuments in the Church of St Laurence, Ludlow - a one day conference on Saturday 24 June in the church.

Wednesday 28 June 2017
The Bowes Museum presents a series of talks Richard III and the Wider World. Time: 10.30 – 3.00; Cost: £3.00, inc. light refreshments. Booking is required, tel: 01833 690606 or go online.

Wednesday 28 June 2017
You need to register and book a ticket for this in advance of the night. Free one hour on-line webinar from the National Archives at 6:00 pm (British Standard Time) Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography - part three.

29 June 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at Middleham Castle to commemorate the granting to Richard of the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith in 1471.

Friday 30 June 2017
Middleham celebrates Richard III with a concert at the church by Trouvere, £15 per person, 7pm.

Saturday 1 July 2017
Leicestershire Branch Study Day at Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ. From 9.30am - 4.30pm. Cost £22. Love, Loyalty and Betrayal?

Saturday 1 July 2017
Middleham celebrates Richard III with talks at the Key Centre, £20 each, 7pm. Also special events at the castle.

1 and 2 July 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at Middleham Castle to celebrate the Middleham Festival.

Sunday 2 July 2017
Middleham celebrates Richard III with talks at the Key Centre, £20 each, 3pm. Also special events at the castle.

6 July 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at Middleham Castle to commemorate the coronation of King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville in 1483.

Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July 2017
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival weekend and battle re-enactment. The Branch will have a stall in the main marquee on Saturday.

Tuesday 11 July 2017
Mortimer History Society evening lecture in Leominster. Professor Matthew Strickland of Glasgow University is speaking on: Rebellion and Warfare in the Marches 1066-1154

Saturday 15 July to Sunday 30 July 2017
Dig it! at King Richard III Visitor Centre Leicester - This summer younger visitors can discover the techniques used by archaeologists during the Greyfriars dig, which took place in 2012 and uncovered the remains of King Richard III.

Saturday 22 July 2017
St Mary's Church Pembridge at 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50. Effigies, costumes & music A little bit of history,a little bit of (medieval) fashion, a big bit of music and lots and lots of fun! with Steve Hollinghurst. Effigies in churches are normally of vicars or knights in armour. In Pembridge things are different. We have Nicholas Gour, a Sergeant-at-Law appointed in 1355 and his wife and their son John, steward to the Mortimer family and his wife. Over the last two years a dedicated team has been recreating how they would have dressed. This event will be the first opportunity to see all the outfits together. To brighten up the evening Steve Hollinghurst will perform some of his favourite songs from a more recent period. It’s going to be a great evening so come and join us. Proceeds towards the costumes project & St Mary’s Church. Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Pembridge Tickets £7.50 from Ye Olde Steppes, members of the PCC or email;

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017
The Bosworth Commemoration organised by the Richard III Society. This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, author talks & book signings, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, FREE car parking and lots more too.
An early bird discount of 20% is available on the first 500 tickets for the Medieval Festival, which includes the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, children’s activities, living history, music, jousting and cannon & gunfire displays.
Tickets can be purchased; by phone on 01455 290429, for which a £2 per transaction booking fee applies, in person at the Heritage Centre Ticket Office, which is open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm or online.
There will also be a number of talks as part of the Festival;
The Trial of Richard III: You Decide
William Marshall from Hostage to Regent: An Extraordinary Life
The Missing |Princes Project & HRH
Tudor: The Family Story

22 August 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at half mast at Middleham Castle to commemorate the death of King Richard III at Bosworth in 1485.

Saturday 2 September 2017
The Path to Bosworth Field Walk: Experienced walkers with a penchant for history can join our expert Guides and enjoy Bosworth Battlefield’s extended 7.5 mile (12 km) walk. Providing all aspects of the environment surrounding this pivotal battle of the Wars of the Roses. No dogs. Please provide your own lunch and refreshments. For experienced walkers over 12 years only. Adults £17 Concessions £12. Booking essential – book online.or call 01455 290429 to book your tickets now.

Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2017
The Battle of Mortimers' Cross will be renacted at Croft Castle on both days. The Mortimer History Society will be there.
Free entry for anyone on Saturday as it is Heritage Open Day. From 10.00am to 17.00pm both days.

Saturday 30 September 2017
Members' Day and AGM in London at the Double Tree Hilton organised by the Richard III Society.

Sunday 1 October 2017
There will be a celebration of Richard III's birthday in Tewkesbury featuring street scenes and window displays.

2 October 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at Middleham Castle to commemorate the birth of Richard in 1452.

Wednesday 11 October 2017
This year’s Maurice and Shelagh Bond Memorial Lecture will be held at St George’s Chapel Windsor on Wednesday 11th of October.
The Lecture Title is The King's Men and the Chapel: Reginald Bray Oliver King Christopher Urswick and St George's Chapel Windsor.
Time 7.00pm and free admission by named ticket only. The tickets can be obtained from The Chapter Office The Cloisters Windsor Castle Windsor SL4 1NJ. Please enclose an s.a.e envelope and apply by Wednesday 27th of September.

Saturday 4 November 2017
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich. Cost £26 to include tea and coffee. Harnessed For Life: Knightly Conduct, Chivalry and Warfare.

Saturday 18 November 2017
Eminent Victorians in Worcestershire - day school at the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, Malvern, WR14 1GD, 9.30am to 4.15pm. Tickets £7.50, lunch available for £6.

Saturday 16 December 2017
Annual carol service at Fotheringhay at 3pm organised by the Richard III Society.


Saturday 12 May 2018
Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall - reserve the date in your diary! Details to follow.


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