Calendar of Events in 2018

See also the branch programme and the Medieval Calendar


The Newport Ship. The Centre is now open only on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
Saturdays from mid-February until early December.
Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter until the end of October.
During the School Holidays, we will also open on a Sunday.
This best preserved example of a fifteenth century ship could have been owned by the Earl of Warwick.

Monday 5 March 2018
The Legendary Ten Seconds are playing in the church in Coldridge Devon on Monday afternoon.

Saturday 24 March 2018
Abbeys and Priories of the Welsh Borders
An evening lecture followed by two day tours - led by Tim Bridges
7.30 at Trinity Parish Room, 20 New Street, Ledbury HR8 2EE
£30 - contact Wendy Hill -

Saturday 7 April 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, 9.55am to 5pm. Cost £27 to include refreshments but not lunch. The topic is A Soldier's Tale: The Fighting Man, Ancient to Medieval.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 - 15 April 2018
Medieval Coventry - the Triennial Conference organised by the Richard III Society at Burleigh Court, Loughborough.

Saturday 14 April 2018
Painting The Roses At War - talk by Graham Turner in Barnet. Doors open 1pm. Tickets £5.

Saturday 28 April 2018
9.30am for 10am Mortimer's Cross Battlefield Walk beginning at Mortimer’s Cross Inn. For £20 this all-day event includes morning coffee, an expert narrated guided walk across the possible sites, lunch at the Corners Inn Kingsland, an arms and armour presentation, a tour of battle related medieval Kingsland and a walk back to the Mortimer’s Cross Inn for tea and cakes at around 4.30. It is always fun. Booking essential.

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 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018
Richard III Middleham Festival.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and Battle Re-enactment.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018
Bosworth Commemoration organised by the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, together with the Richard III Society.

Saturday 29 September 2018
Richard III Society Members' Day and AGM in Leicester.

Saturday 13 October 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, 1.25pm - 5pm. Cost £15 to include tea. The topic is The Curling of the Petal: the Fall of the White Rose.

Saturday 10 November 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, all day. Cost £27 to include refreshments but not lunch. The topic is Thou Shalt Get Kings.

Saturday 15 December 2018
Annual carol service at Fotheringhay organised by the Richard III Society.


Saturday 29 June 2019
Joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference at a venue to be arranged.
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.


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