Relive the amazing discovery of King Richard III

An historic and scientific exploration of the work that went into finding and identifying the lost remains of King Richard III will be held by the University of Leicester during the week of his reinterment.

King Richard III Day is an exclusive event giving the public access to the academics and facilities which were instrumental in proving the identity of the king.

The free interactive and hands-on workshops and talks will take place on Saturday 21 March, at the University campus and includes:

  • The Discovery Journey, which looks at the excavation and post excavation work carried out by archaeologists.
  • The Identification Journey will look at the DNA and genealogy research which linked Richard III to his modern day relations.
  • The Knowledge Journey looks at the ongoing research and what academics have learned as a result of the one of the most important archaeological finds of all time.

Activities include opportunities to extract DNA from organic matter, witness the awesome power of an arrow fired at plate steel, have their own DNA profiled, examine real skeletal remains and sample a medieval banquet. There will also be medieval tile making and the chance to play games from the middle ages – as well as hands-on textile dying activities. There will also be an Alumni Evening Reception from 6.30pm.

Visitors do not need to book to attend any of the events. However, if spaces are limited it will organised on a first-come-first-served basis.