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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

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Branches & Groups: Introduction

The Richard III Society functions at a local level, both within the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, through its regionally organised Branches and Groups. On a local level (and nationally or regionally overseas) branches and groups have been established and are open to members to join as desired. There are over 30 in the UK as well as branches in America, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

Each Branch or Group within the Society has its own annual programme of events. Many of these are open to non-members of the Society; such local events provide an excellent introduction to the Society and its activities for those who may be thinking of joining. Branches and Groups are also delighted to welcome visitors on a one-off basis to specific events and activities which may interest them. The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits to Ricardian sites.

For any query regarding Branches or Groups please contact the Branches and Groups Coordinator, Helena Smith.

In the table below is a list of the current Branches, Groups and overseas associated Branches. If you would like to learn more about an individual Branch or Group please click on the name to view their profile. Clicking any links in the Branch/Group description will open the respective site(s) in a new window or tab.

 

New Groups

To establish a new Branch or Group in your area please contact the Branches and Groups Coordinator Helena Smith.

 

Branches & Groups study days

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Study Days have been put on hold until further notice.

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Click the name of the branch/group to find out more about them.

UK Branches and Groups Overseas Branches and Groups
Arun Beds & Bucks America, with regional chapters
Cittie of London Croydon Canada
Devon & Cornwall Dorset Continental
Gloucester   New South Wales (inc. Queensland), Australia
Hull & District Kent South Australia
Leicestershire Lincolnshire Victoria, Australia
London & Home Counties Merseyside & West Lancashire Western Australia
Mid-Anglia Norfolk New Zealand
North East Northern Ireland  
North Mercia North Staffordshire  
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Penrith & North Lakes  
Scottish Somerset  
South Cumbria Surrey  
Sussex Thames Valley  
Warwickshire Worcestershire  
Yorkshire    

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American Branch

The American Branch was founded in 1961, and American Branch membership is close to 320.

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Website: http://www.r3.org

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Arun Group

We are a new group covering the West Sussex area including Arundel, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. We meet on the first Monday of each month at the Swan Hotel in Arundel. The group plan to discuss all aspects of the life and times of Richard the III and the fifteenth century, including an article from the Ricardian magazine, A Richard III book from our combined libraries, and medieval England compared to today such as travel and the place of women in the fifteenth century. We would like to invite occasional speakers to our meetings, and in the summer months we would hope to visit local places of interest with links to the fifteenth century. We would welcome new members to our small and friendly group.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Julia Langham.

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Beds & Bucks Group

The Group was first started in 1982 and currently has 35 members. We are a small and friendly Group and our members come from Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire, North Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Most of our meetings are held at York House, Stony Stratford and always include tea and cake! Our annual subscription is £3.50. Each year we have an interesting mixture of talks and visits either directly relating to Richard III or to the late medieval period. We welcome all members of the Richard III Society to join us either as a member of the Group or as a visitor.

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Jeanette Melbourne.

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Canadian Branch

The Canadian Branch, founded in 1966, has over 80 members across the country. Despite the geographical distances between us, members stay in touch through the newsletters and via e-mail. Toronto-area members host meetings in their homes on the second Sunday of each month, from September to June. It's an occasion for us to meet and share our common interests, present and discuss research papers, and plan Society activities. On or near the date of King Richard's birthday (October 2), we hold our Annual General Meeting and Medieval Banquet in Toronto. In June we celebrate the founding of our branch with a potluck picnic. Canadian branch members also receive our newsletter, the RIII, three times a year, and have access to the Buyers Library containing over 200 items, including books, papers, audio and video tapes and DVDs.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Website: http://www.richardiii.ca

Secretary: Sheilah O'Connor.

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Cittie of London Group

The Cittie of London group was formed in 2015, with the aim of promoting camaraderie and friendship amongst Ricardians. We plan to meet at least once a month when our members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events ranging from dinners, museum visits, medieval fayres, walks and excursions, and are invited to take an active part in their planning.

We also plan to issue a quarterly newsletter, 'The Cittie Herald' together with monthly updates. Our membership fee is £5.00 per annum. Do come and join us — you will be made very welcome!

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Gabriella Widman.

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Continental Branch

The Continental group was formed in 2014 and became a branch in 2017, but already has over 50 members from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Russia, and Holland.

Our first meeting was held during the reburial week in Leicester.

We are hoping to publish our own journal and also have a library lending service between ourselves. We have a research team eager to start on the subject they have chosen which is very wide and varied, covering all aspects of medieval life.

Our plan is to have an annually or bi-annual meeting, and those living nearer each other will meet more frequently.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Liselotte Messner-Seitz.

Membership Secretary: Count Dr Charles Gauci.

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Croydon Group

The Croydon Group was founded in the 1980s by Roy and Shirley Linsell. We met regularly at their home until they retired to Seaford in Sussex. We try to meet from time to time and also participate in the London Branch activities. Our membership is small but we focus on keeping in contact. Anyone who lives south of Croydon is welcome to join us.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Anne Walters.

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Devon & Cornwall Branch

The Branch has been celebrating this year its 40th anniversary since it was first formed in Plymouth in 1979. Wendy Tubb had organised a meeting of several volunteers including myself who lived in the West Country and this was how the South West Group first started. Later when there were many more members we were given permission to become the Devon and Cornwall Branch.

Over the years the Branch has visited many places connected to Richard including going to Leicester in 1980 and seeing the newly erected statue of Richard. There have also been visits to Bosworth, Tewkesbury, Middleham, Sheriff Hutton, Raby Castle, Alnwick and Minster Lovell. Locally our first outing was to St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall where we were able to meet Lord St. Aubyn. We have also been to Cotehele, Bickleigh Castle, Powderham, Berry Pomeroy, Pengersick Castle, St. Nicholas Priory in Exeter and paid several visits to Tiverton Castle where Richard’s niece Princess Catherine once lived.

Various talks have been given to the Branch over the years including ones by Dr Phil Stone, Peter Hammond, Dr Anne Wroe, Dr Lynda Pidgeon and the late John Ashdown Hill. Jeremy Potter, former Chairman of the Society, gave a lecture to the Branch in Exeter on Ireland and the House of York.

To celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2019 we held a medieval banquet in Pentillie Castle in Cornwall. We also had a special meeting which some former members of our Branch attended.

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Edna Coles.

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Dorset Group

The Dorset Group was founded by our late President Patrick Bacon in the early 1980s. We are a small, friendly and enthusiastic group meeting in each other’s homes bi-monthly at 2pm on Saturday afternoons. February, April, June and August meetings have a volunteer speaker from our own Group and October (Richard's Birthday) and December (Christmas) meetings are socials with everyone bringing food and/or drink, medieval if possible. Meetings are held in Broadstone, Bournemouth, and Gillingham. We also have several visits each year to places of Ricardian or medieval interest. In addition to this we often support events arranged by other local history societies as well as those arranged by the Richard III Society. Members from our neighbouring counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire are most welcome to join us.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Helen Brickell.

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Gloucester Branch

We have a friendly and active membership who participate in monthly meetings, Summer Field visits, social events and talks. Branch meetings and talks are held at 2.30pm on the first Saturday of each month and are usually held in the Emmanuel Hall, Leckhampton, Cheltenham which has easy access from all routes. Each meeting closes with a full tea. Meetings usually comprise of talks given by well-known guest speakers or discussions/short papers/presentations with several members contributing. We hope to provide something for everyone, whether you wish to sit back and listen or actively join in. New members are constantly joining and anyone with an interest in the period are really welcome to join us or just come along without any commitment to see if they enjoy the experience.

PLEASE NOTE :

  • All meetings, unless otherwise indicated, will be held at the Emmanuel Hall, Fairfield Parade, Leckhampton, GL53 7PJ.
  • Meetings commence at 2:30pm with the exception of field visits which are by arrangement.
  • As agreed at the AGM, for meetings where there is an outside speaker, a charge of £3 will be made to offset costs. (£5 for non-Branch members).

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Angela Iliff.

Website: http://www.richardiiigloucester.co.uk

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Hull & District Branch

The Hull and District Branch of the Richard III Society was founded in 1975 under the Chairmanship of Lawrence Greensmith. We are a lively group that meets at The Friends Meeting House, Bean Street, Hull on the second Friday of the month at 7.30pm Our meetings are a mixture of talks and visits which are always well attended. Between us, we research local and Ricardian topics, and we have close contact with the Yorkshire Branch of the Society. New members are always welcome

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Terry O'Brien.

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Kent Branch

The Kent Group was formed four years ago. We meet three or four times a year usually to discuss a specific Ricardian topic. We have had outings to sites with connections to our period and plan more for the future. Currently we are a small friendly group, though we are seeking new members to join us. If you are interested please contact us.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Martin Male

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Leicestershire Branch

A monthly newsletter is produced to keep our members up to date with any exhibitions or events of historical interest in our area and beyond. The annual branch subscription is £10. All are welcome.

All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 19.00. unless otherwise stated. Meetings are free to Branch Members, but visitors are requested to donate £2.00 towards the expenses of the meeting. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Sally Henshaw

Website: http://www.richardiiileics.co.uk.

Leicestershire Branch Study Day 2018.
Leicestershire Branch Study Day 2018
A voice for Richard speakers
David Crystal, Tim Charrington,
Yvonne Morley & Caroline Wilkinson
Leicestershire Branch Study Day 2018.
Yvonne Morley at Leicestershire Branch Study Day 2018.

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Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Branch

We meet in Grantham, at 8pm on the last Saturday of every month. There are also occasions for banquets, visits, social evenings and charity events, so we certainly keep busy. The format of the meetings varies, including talks by visiting speakers, discussions and debates, a photographic competition, and slide shows of interesting places that members have visited.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Jean Townsend.

Website: http://www.richardthethirdlincs.org.

Eleanor of Aquitaine & Richard I at Fontevraud Abbey.
Eleanor of Aquitaine & Richard I at Fontevraud Abbey.
Lincolnshire Branch trip to France May 2018
Chinon Castle - Lincolnshire Branch trip to France May 2018.

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London & Home Counties Branch

The London and Home Counties Branch of the Richard III Society is not the oldest, but one of the older branches in the UK, having been founded in 1971 to bring together Society members in the wider London area. Because of our size we meet in formal accommodation, which currently is the conference suite in the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Central London. The branch provides a regular programme throughout the year, from autumn through to early summer, including lectures and events, the latter including theatre and exhibition visits. Our programme seeks to cover all aspects of Ricardian, late medieval and medieval history and life, including arms and armour, battles, medieval housewifery, costume, cookery and food, dance and entertainment, building, religious foundations, etc. Information about Branch events is communicated to members by a twice yearly Newsletter, in association with an email mailing list.

The Branch subscription is £5.00 per annum, and meetings – venue and speaker fees – are funded, in part, by contribution by attending members. Society members, who are not members of the Branch, but may be in London coinciding with a Branch event, and non-members of the Society, are welcome to attend as guests of the Branch

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Elizabeth Nokes.

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Merseyside and West Lancashire Group

We are an informal, friendly and enthusiastic group serving the Merseyside and West Lancashire area, based in Southport. Our group began in January 2016 and has grown steadily over the last two years. We usually meet on the third Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Southport Old Links Golf Club. We pay £3 each per meeting to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments. In the summer months we like to get out and about, visiting places of Ricardian interest.

If you would like to join us as we broaden our knowledge of King Richard III, his life and times and enjoy social events together, you will be made very welcome. For more information please contact our Secretary.

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Margaret Byrne

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Mid-Anglia Group

The Mid-Anglia Group, which previously ran from 2003-10, has now being resurrected and we wish to encourage Ricardians in Suffolk and North Essex to join us for meetings and visits in the future, to learn about Richard, his family and his time.

As a 'fledgling' group we are still putting a programme of meetings together and hope to spread these over the region to enable all members to participate. Ipswich, Colchester, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds have Ricardian and medieval connections and we are constantly seeking new and exciting places to visit and speakers to book.

Our newsletter has just been launched and will be published quarterly to start with. It is available to Group members by email and is also published on our website.

Our Group needs new members to help it grow and flourish and a very warm welcome awaits you!

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Stephen Lark.

http://richardiiisocietymidanglia.wordpress.com

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New South Wales Branch

The Branch meets for five general meetings during the year, plus the Annual General Meeting. The meetings are held at The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 2pm, unless otherwise indicated. Talks at these meetings include guest speakers on a variety of subjects but members are encouraged to do their own research for talks and to contribute to discussions. Afternoon tea is provided at meetings and there is also a sales table and a raffle to swell Branch funds. The main event of our year is the service to commemorate Richard's death at the Battle of Bosworth. Social events include lunch gatherings to celebrate Richard's coronation and birthday, and we regularly attend informative lectures provided by societies such as Heraldry Australia. Every other year we send representatives to the Australasian Richard III Society Branches Conventions and in the intervening years we hold a one-day conference to benefit members unable to attend the conventions interstate. We choose to meet in the daytime because our members come from such a wide area and travel long distances. Naturally many prefer to get home the same day - and preferably before midnight!

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Rhonda Bentley.

Website: http://www.richardiii-nsw.org.au.

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New Zealand

New Zealand Branch

The NZ Branch of the Richard III Society was formed in January 1986 and currently enjoys a total membership of around 40, comprising full and associate members. We draw on the whole of NZ for our membership but with over 70% living in the lower North Island we are able to hold well-attended monthly meetings alternating between Lower Hutt and Levin. We usually have a speaker (often a member) or sometimes a group activity such as a quiz on things Ricardian or Medieval in nature. The NZ Branch hosted the Australasian Convention in April 2007.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Rob Smith.

Website: http://www.richard3nz.org.

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Norfolk Branch

The Norfolk Branch of the Richard III Society has recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The Branch meets once a month at The Assembly House Norwich on a date decided by the Secretary. A full programme is issued once a year and covers the whole of the following year. An annual subscription of £10 per year is charged, a newsletter entitled 'The Norfolk Ricardian' is published 2 or 3 times a year. The Branch hosts a Study day every November which has 3 or sometimes 4 speakers, all experts in their field. An entrance fee of £3 is charged for every meeting, the Study Day is priced at £24 (costs are reveiwed each year) which includes 4 lectures and 2 lots of refreshments. Contact the Secretary for further details.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Annmarie Hayek.

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North East Group

North East Group

The Group covers Northumberland, the former Tyne & Wear and those northern parts of County Durham with easy access to Tyneside. Formed in 1983, we are a small but friendly group who enjoy discussions, visits and social events. Meetings are held in members' own homes on a rolling basis to enable everyone to play the host. We meet monthly, in the evenings, but the day varies to accommodate as many members as possible. We do not see ourselves as great academics but we enjoy a lively fascination for all things Ricardian, and history in general.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Julia McLaren

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Northern Ireland Group

We are an enthusiastic group of Ricardians who in 2016 decided to set up a new group in Northern Ireland. There is a wealth of knowledge within the group, so talks and discussions will form a large part of our meetings, together with visits and celebratory meals. It has been decided, in the first instance, that the frequency of our meetings should be quarterly, with meetings taking place at members homes on a rotational basis. The Group also proposes to contact and interact with our Republic of Ireland counterparts with a view to organising inter group meetings and visits. Come and join us — new members will be made very welcome!

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

e-mail: Pamela Evans.

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North Mercia Branch

North Mercia Branch

The North Mercia Group was formed in 2010 but in November 2017 we were privileged to be invited to become “The North Mercia Branch” by the Executive Committee of the Society

Members live in Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Shropshire and we have ‘Long Distance’ members from all over the U.K. and abroad. Anyone is welcome to join us. We are a ‘Happy Band’ of Ricardians- not seriously academic, but very enthusiastic about all things Ricardian.

We meet on the first or second Saturday of most months at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich. Meetings begin at 2.00 p.m. Some members meet for lunch beforehand at 12 noon, which enables us to have free use of one of the rooms in the oldest part of the Hotel.

Meetings take various forms. In February we hold our ‘Janus Day’ which is our AGM. In March, April, May, June, September, October and November we have various visiting speakers or talks by members (voluntary), socials, picnics and outings to places of Medieval interest. In July we hold an Archery Day at the Lichfield School of Archery. There is no meeting in August.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Marion Moulton.

Website: http://www.richardsarmy.co.uk.

North Mercia branch outing in June 2018 to Stokesay & Acton Burnell
North Mercia branch outing in June 2018 to Stokesay & Acton Burnell.

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North Staffordshire  Group

North Staffordshire Group

The focus of this group is to share the pleasure of learning and exploring all aspects relevant to the life and times of Richard III.

We welcome as members Ricardians who live within the area and those who don't but share our interests and approach. We choose topics to explore and present each other with our findings at our monthly 'at home' meetings. These are circulated to our more distant members, who also contribute. Larger papers and summary reports are put on our website.

We enjoy outings to places of interest, meeting up for lunch together and on-line chat.

Membership of this group is more than just a once a month event and members who are unable to get to physical meetings can be fully involved on-line.

If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail Penny Lawton.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Penelope Lawton.

Website: http://www.r3staffs.org.uk

OUR LOGO: The white boar of Richard III, above a garb (wheatsheaf) of Ranulph de Blundeville, earl of Chester, charged with a Stafford knot. The parhelion both represents the 'electronic ether' and commemorates our inaugural meeting held on 2nd February, the anniversary of the battle of Mortimer's Cross.

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Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Group

We were founded locally in 1986 and our members range across a wide assortment of ages, occupations and interests. We try to provide a variety of activities including talks given by guest speakers on all aspects of Richard's life and times, discussions, group visits and the annual quiz - all on the Ricardian and medieval theme. We are fortunate in that many interesting places are so near at hand: Nottingham, Leicester, East Stoke and Bosworth as well as many fine local churches and monuments. We run also visits further afield, open to family and friends; we have been to Oxford, York, Gloucestershire, Chester, Tewkesbury, Stratford and the Globe Theatre to name but a few.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Anne Ayres.

The Notts & Derby Group on their trip to Worcester in 2017
The Notts & Derby Group on their trip to Worcester in 2017.
Secretary Anne Ayres about to lay a wreath in Leicester Cathedral on the anniversary of Richard’s coronation in 2018.
Secretary Anne Ayres about to lay a wreath in
Leicester Cathedral on the anniversary of Richard’s
coronation in 2018.

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Penrith and North Lakes Group

Richard, as Duke of Gloucester, was Warden of the English West March. This was an area along the Scottish border, roughly covering the northern part of today’s county of Cumbria. This is the ‘patch’ of the Penrith & North Lakes Group, though we also welcome members from further south and even from the Scottish West March. The group was founded in 1984 and, although never very large, is still going strong.

Following its success in Cumbria in Bloom 2019, Penrith received two further awards in the national Britain in Bloom contest. They won a gold award for ‘large town’ and a special award for community involvement. The Ricardian flags in Great Dockray have now been replaced by Christmas trees but will make their appearance again next year. Dockray Hall is under new ownership and they hope to reopen in the spring. All their publicity stresses the links with Richard III.

Subscriptions are currently £3 per year.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Joint Secretaries : Judy Jelf & Sue Scott-Buccleauch.

    
|  A recent visit to Gilnockie Peel Tower, once the home of a notorious border reiver and now the museum of the Armstrong family.  |

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Scottish Branch

The Scottish Branch was founded in 1999 by Philippa Langley MBE as the Edinburgh and Lothians Group. To celebrate our founding we invited the Society to hold their 2019 AGM in Edinburgh. In 2005, the group became the Scottish Branch. We are now a large vibrant group with almost 70 members from all over Scotland and members in England and the USA. The main aim of reinterpreting the story of and furthering knowledge of this most misunderstood of kings is still our aim. We welcome new members to enjoy the camaraderie that exists by having a mutual interest in Richard III.

Our main research topic is the 1482 invasion of Scotland, adding significantly to the story of that event during the last 20 years. Philippa’s successful Looking For Richard Project began at a Branch meeting on 21st February 2009. We designed an interpretation board about Richard III and St Ninian for the Whithorn Trust’s Exhibition Centre. Members are also involved in Philippa’s important The Missing Princes Project.

Membership costs £8 per household, which provides for the production of our Journal that is produced twice yearly and includes both research and news. Talks and other events are held during the year.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Maria Leotta.

Website: https://boarandsaltire.wordpress.com.

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Somerset Branch

The Somerset Branch, begun in 2015, meets monthly every third Saturday at Wells Town Hall usually at 1.30 for 2pm. Our Ricardian Book Club meets every first Monday at 10.30am at Wells Town Hall. Wells provides a central location for members who come from all over Somerset and the surrounding counties, as well as being a beautiful, unspoilt small medieval City and the burial place of Bishop Stillington and John Gunthorpe.

Our programme consists of a variety of talks, discussions and trips; in 2017 we enjoyed a 4 day Group trip to Leicestershire and in 2019 we shall be going to Yorkshire for 5 days. We have our own Library as well as a strong Research Team currently working with Philippa Langley's Missing Princes Project.

We all share a passionate interest in King Richard's life, time and reputation, as well as a true feeling of fellowship and welcome all members of the Society, or those interested in learning more who have not yet ventured into a local Group or indeed the Society. Come and try us out! You can be certain of a warm welcome.

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Helena Smith.

Holland House
Holland House near Tewkesbury where the Branch will be staying for a 3 day trip 13-15 July 2020

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South Australia Branch

We have been an enthusiastic group since 1983. Currently, we meet at 1.30pm on the first Saturday of each month except January, when we are in recess. Most meetings take the form of talks and discussions, with the odd video viewing and an annual quiz meeting. We also have a medieval dinner (medieval dress optional), usually doing the cooking ourselves. We have an extensive library of books, both reference and fiction, and audio and video tapes, with Richard III and the 15th century as a focus. All these are available for members to borrow, free of charge.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Sue Walladge.

Website: http://www.richardiii-sa.org.au

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South Cumbria Group

Although a comparatively small group, we enjoy lively Ricardian discussions and our visits to the many Ricardian sites available to us in the north of England.

We have four outings a year and four meetings a year. These are held at the home of our Chairman and are flexible to fit in with his work commitments.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Further information and dates are available from the Secretary.

e-mail: Isobella Sneesby.

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Surrey Group

In 2000 Jane Trump, of the Thames Valley branch, decided to contact Ricardians who lived in Surrey to see if they might be interested in setting up a new group within the Society. A meeting was arranged at Jane’s house, at which it was unanimously agreed that we should go ahead and form the West Surrey group.

We agreed that we should meet every month at members’ homes, and Rollo Crookshank was elected as chairman/secretary. Over the next four years the group expanded its membership and settled into a mixed programme of lectures and discussions in the darker months, and in the summer ones we made visits to conferences, and to medieval and Ricardian sites – these always included a weekend away in a different county to see historic/Ricardian places.

Our group membership continued to expand steadily, but with the discovery of the new battlefield of Bosworth as well as that of the burial site of King Richard III, and his reinterment, our numbers increased greatly – too great to be accommodated for winter meetings in members’ homes, so now we have found a hall which we can hire at reasonable cost. We now have over 30 regular members, including some from neighbouring counties, and London and changed our name to the Surrey group.

Despite being in existence for 20 years and despite our numerical size, we remain a group, not a branch – we have discussed a possible change several times, but are happy to stay as we are.

2020 Branch Events

Our current Events programme is here.

Secretary: Rollo Crookshank.

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Sussex Group

The Richard III Society Sussex Group meets in Brighton on the third Thursday of alternate months, starting in January. As a small group we normally avail ourselves of a member's house, although hire of a meeting hall would be arranged if necessary. The year's programme varies, with talks given by members or by invited speakers. We might show a DVD followed by discussion or consider items in the Ricardian or the Ricardian Bulletin that have particularly interested members. The range of subject matter is quite wide, in the overall context of fifteenth century European history and bearing in mind the variable extent of members' existing historical knowledge. If you are already interested in the fifteenth century and King Richard III, or enjoy general history and would like to take a closer look at this period, you will be very welcome to join us.

2020 Branch Events

Details of meetings, venues and so on can be obtained from:

Secretary: Jo Quarcoopome.

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Thames Valley Branch

The Thames Valley Branch meets each month on Saturdays or Sundays for either an outing or in-house meeting. From January 2016 the meetings will be held at Wokingham during the colder months whilst outings are arranged for the warmer weather. There is usually at least one external guest speaker each year, and others are drawn from our own members and from the wider Society.

Any member of the Society is welcome to join the Branch and their participation can be at their own pace. Annual subscription is currently £10.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Secretary: Sylvia Morrison-Moore.

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Victoria Branch

The first Australian branch of the Richard III Society was founded in Melbourne by Stuart Soul, on the 2nd October 1959. This was the only branch of the Society in Australasia until the 1980’s, when separate branches were established in other Australian states and in New Zealand.

We hold seven meetings a year in the North Melbourne library. Details are listed in Ricardus Rex, our bi-monthly newsletter, which also publishes the presentations given by members or guests on historical topics associated with Richard III, his life and times. Open discussion is a feature of the meetings, with refreshments provided by members.

We also enjoy a February luncheon to start the year off, a July Coronation Lunch and a Christmas dinner, as well as an annual memorial service held on or close to 22 August, to mark the anniversary of the death of King Richard on Bosworth Field in 1485.

The Branch welcomes enquiries from all those with an interest in this period of history, and we particularly welcome fellow Ricardians from interstate and overseas.

Membership of the Branch allows access to the facilities and activities of the Parent Society in the U.K., including the annual journal The Ricardian, and the quarterly magazine The Bulletin.

Branch subscriptions fall due in September each year, and membership enquiries can be made either by post to:

Richard III Society Victoria Branch,

P.O. Box 837,

Eltham,

Victoria 3095.

 

or by e-mail to

Secretary: Hazel Hajdu

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Website: http://www.richardiiisocietyvictoria.com.

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Western Australia Branch

The first ever meeting of the Western Australian Group was held at the Parmelia Hotel on Saturday the 1 March 1986, and was attended by 8 people. The group was accorded branch status in 1988. The Branch now has approximately 20 members, and meets on the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding December) at the Belmont Sports and Recreation Centre, corner of Abernethy Road and Keane Street, Cloverdale.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Alison Carman.

Website: http://www.r3wa.org.au.

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Warwickshire Group

We are a new group having been founded in September 2018 by a small group of friendly and enthusiastic members. Meetings are currently planned to be held in members’ houses on a monthly basis from March to October in any year; such meetings to include discussion, talks and presentations by members on areas of the late medieval period that are of particular interest to them. During the summer months, group visits to places of historic interest are envisioned.

All members of the Richard III Society are welcome to join us as a group member or as a visitor.

Our 2020 programme of events will be available here when confirmed.

Chairman: James Herbert

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Worcestershire Branch

Worcestershire Branch

The Worcestershire Branch started in 1986, became a branch in 1990, and celebrated our Silver Jubilee in 2011. We meet once a month on Saturday afternoons, indoors in village halls for talks, raffles and refreshments in winter and outdoors for visits in summer. Recent meetings include Bosworth and Stokesay Castle, and a talk by George Goodwin, author of Fatal Colours. We have a stall at the re-enactment of the battle of Tewkesbury in July. Our magazine 'Dickon Independent' is published quarterly. We have a branch library and a website.

2020 Branch Events

Please visit our website to see our current Events programme.

Secretary: Pam Benstead.

Website: http://www.richardiiiworcs.co.uk.

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Yorkshire Group

Yorkshire Branch

Formed in 1960, the Yorkshire Branch is the oldest UK Branch in the Society, with nearly 200 members. We aim to give our members an affordable programme of events throughout the year. Membership includes 3 Branch magazines and Newsletters annually plus a monthly Update sent round by email with relevant news and information. The Update is available to non-internet members by 12 x 2nd class stamps per annum. Branch activities include an annual Lecture, a Study Day, battle commemorations, AGM, a dinner, a Branch Day, trips and other events. We have our own printing arm, Rosalba Press, a library, a research programme and a range of relevant merchandise. In 2010 we held a 50th anniversary celebration day, and in 2015 a service celebrating the life of King Richard. We have placed a plaque in Wakefield Chantry chapel for Edmund, Earl of Rutland and initiated an analysis of the contents of the Middleham Jewel.

Branch subscriptions are currently: single membership £13; joint membership (two adults at the same address) £17; overseas £16; Newsletters only £7.50. All information — including our latest Events programme — is on the Branch website.

Chair: Angela Moreton.

Website: http://www.richardiiiyorkshire.org.