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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

| Dates that the new Richard III Standard will be flying at Middleham Castle: 1 February: Richard III marries Anne 1473 | 16 March: Queens Anne’s death 1485 | 26 March: Reburial in Leicester of Richard III in 2015 | 16 April: Edward of Middleham died 1484 | 29 June: Richard III granted the Neville strongholds of Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith 1471 | 1-2 July: Middleham Fesitval | 6 July: Richard III crowned 1483 | 22 August: Richard III died 1485 | 2 October: Birth of Richard III 1452 |

Richard III: Honoured at last

        RIII tomb        

Read the Reburial Diary and Events held by the Society during the historic week in March 2015 and first anniversary in March 2016.


Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
© Richard III Society.

Welcome to the website of the Richard III Society. We have been working since 1924 to secure a more balanced assessment of the king and to support research into his life and times. The rediscovery of his remains and their re-interment in Leicester Cathedral have raised the king’s profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for a reappraisal of his life and role in English history.


Why a society?

"… the purpose—and indeed the strength—of the Richard III Society derives from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies; a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for." Our Patron - the present Richard, Duke of Gloucester. more


Join the Society

Visit the membership section to learn more about how to join the Society. Membership starts from as little as £12 per year.


Society Shop - New stock

Sunnes & Roses a CD by The Legendary Ten Seconds. This is a new release from The Legendary Ten Seconds, who are well known to many members and are a supporter of the Scoliosis Association. The group have supplied the following links to samplers from the album:

• Tewkesbury Medieval Fair

• Towton

• Middleham Castle on Christmas Eve

The CD can be purchased from the Society’s Sales team quoting stock reference M228, at a cost of £6.00 (members) and £8.00 (non-members) plus P&P £1.10 (UK)/£2.00 (Europe)/£2.60 (RoW)


Agreement regarding use of images

'A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Leicester regarding the appropriate use of the images of King Richard’s remains has been obtained. Following a meeting with the University on 29th July 2016 to discuss the use of images, Philippa and I are pleased to announce that the MoU between our two organisations has now been signed and is published here.'

Phil Stone, Society Chairman.

Read full statement.


Latest News

British History’s Biggest Fibs

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, recently presented a documentary programme on BBC 4 which was designed to show 'how British history is a concoction of stories manipulated by whoever was in power'. The first episode featured the period encompassing the Wars of the Roses, and in particular the mythology and propaganda which surrounds the life and times of King Richard III. Matthew Lewis, author of two published works which also examine this complex period of history, took time to review the programme for us. Here he gives us his view on exactly how successful this programme was in achieving its aim of debunking the Tudor myth more …


Richard III’s Book of Hours online

The Book of Hours known to have belonged to Richard III has now been digitised and is online so that anyone can look at in full and not just the page with the well-known picture of the Annunciation. Also, part of the digitisation, is a copy of the book by the Society’s Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs which gives a detailed commentary about the Book, its origin and its contents. more …


*New* membership card discounts

Following the introduction of new-style membership cards last December, various organisations and locations have been approached regarding the possibility of giving Society members a discount on the entry fee. An initial list of locations offering discounted entry to members has been released. more …


Bridport memorial unveiled

Bridport MemorialA memorial commemorating King Richard's visited to Bridport during November 1483 was unveiled in the town on the 5 November by the High Sheriff of Dorset, Sir Philip Williams. Over sixty people attended the event, considerably more than were anticipated. There will be a full report in March's Ricardian Bulletin. more …


*New* Schools/Junior Membership

As part of the Society’s Education Programme it now offers Schools/Academies/Colleges an institutional membership at £35 per year. more …

It has also been decided to offer school students under the age of 18 a special annual membership rate of £12. more …


*New* membership card

At the 2016 AGM we reported on the introduction of annual membership cards from this year for all members. These will be included as a 'peel off' section of a letter confirming receipt of subscription payment which will be sent with the December Bulletin.


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2017 Event dates for your diary:

Event dates for your diary in 2017:

• 31 March—2 April: Study Weekend in Shrewsbury. The theme of this year’s study weekend is ‘Wales and the Marches in the Wars of the Roses’. more …

• 20 May: Banbury and Broughton Castle: A visit to Banbury in the morning followed by Broughton Castle in the afternoon. more …

• 6—10 July: Long weekend in Lancaster: Based in the historic City of Lancaster, this will be the first time we have visited this area of the country. more …

• 20 August: Bosworth Battlefield visit: Our annual pilgrimage to remember King Richard. Late morning service in Sutton Cheney Church and afternoon looking round the battlefield. more …

• 9 September: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth. We have been to see the Mary Rose at different stages of its preservation, but now she is in her new permanent home and we will be able to see her clearly. more …

• 30th September 2017: Members' Day and AGM. The 2017 Members' Day and AGM will take place on Saturday, 30th September at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 2-8 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London W5 5HN. The guest speaker will be confirmed. more …

• 16 December: Always an eagerly awaited prelude to Christmas. Generous and delicious home cooked meal in the village hall followed by glorious music and traditional readings in the church. more …


Branches & Groups events


In the March 2017 Ricardian Bulletin

The March 2017 Bulletin will be another varied and interesting issue. In addition to our usual features and latest Society news, the issue will include the following:

• Gonzaolo Ordovas explores the role of foreign soldiers in the late Middle Ages, including the careers of Edward Woodville and Juan de Salazar.
• Marylynn Salmon argues the case for Edward IV’s illegitimacy
• We commemorate the 2nd anniversary of King Richard’s reburial with Janet Atkinson’s account of being responsible for Richard III’s Book of Hours on the day of his reburial in Leicester Cathedral.
• Our series on seal returns with Dickon Whitehead taking a look at those belonging to ‘Noble and Royal Ladies’ in 15th Century.
• Reports of visits to Fotheringhay, Reading and Minster Lovell, plus the unveiling of a memorial to King Richard in Bridport.
more …


Looking for Richard FAQs

The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.


Looking for Richard III

Question: What took three years, untold amounts of grit and graft, and produced a glittering result?

Answer: Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III.

Many, including academics and archaeologists – not to mention the media – are still reeling from a success that can only be called stunning!

Phlippa Langley next to the grave
Philippa Langley next to the grave.

Philippa Langley knew King Richard III had been 'piteously slain' at Bosworth Field. And she knew the Franciscan Friars of Leicester had laid him to rest in a simple grave. But where to look? Was he still there? And would they let her try to find him?

On 25 August 2012 Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III finally came to fruition!

Find out more …