The discovery of Richard III from someone who was sort of in the vicinity

So there’s going to be a movie about the finding of Richard III, starring Steve Coogan. I’m curious as to how this will go, not least because it was actually a woman called Philippa Langley who lead the project, and her story is fascinating but the biggest name attached to the film is playing… her husband…?

But I thought with that news fresh in everyone’s minds I could share a few photos/details of what it was like to be in Leicester when all that was going on!

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A couple of days after the news that Richard III’s bones had been found in the car park, I went to check it out! There wasn’t much going on though. I guess because the actual bones had been taken away already?

That was in 2012. Flash forward a year and his reconstructed skull (not the real one) was in the Leicester Guildhall along with a bunch of other Richard III stuff.

It’s all been relocated to the Richard III museum now I think.

Then in 2015 there was the actual reburial ceremony…

I still have that pamphlet. At the uni it was absolutely packed, it’s lucky I was able to see anything at all. Oooh look I took a video as well!

So me/the crowds followed the coffin in the car back to the town center….

…and then I had to leave and go to work. But you get the idea!

In the days after that every business in Leicester was using Richard III to advertise their services. It was great for tourism.

Someone also put flowers on Richard’s statue. (This used to be in the park opposite my halls of residence, I think it was moved to its current spot before the reburial.)

And Richard III’s tomb now chills in Leicester Cathedral. You can drop in and see it anytime!

(Well, maybe not now, but still.)