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Richard III festival in Gloucester offers you the chance to dig a little deeper

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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HIS skeletal remains were unearthed beneath a Leicester car park and ever since he’s courted a wealth of publicity.

King Richard III was killed during battle in 1485 but 22 years before assuming his position as monarch he was granted the dukedom of Gloucester.

More than five centuries later, with the recent discoveries, venues across the city are giving people the chance to dig a little deeper.

The festival in his honour continues this weekend with a host of events.

Tonight, MP, author and historian Chris Skidmore will present a talk which looks at whether he was a tyrant or an accidental king.

The event takes place at Blackfriars Priory from 6pm.

Shortly after at 8pm, singers from the Ensemble Sine Nomine perform some of the music the King would have listened to during his reign.

Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton will also narrate a story of his life, death and reputation.

Tomorrow, at Gloucester City Museum, historian and author Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who discovered the DNA sequence that enabled them to identify Richard, will talk about the findings from 1.30pm.

Alternatively, join Matthew Marris – site director of the Greyfriars dig – as he talks about the search for the remains and how they could identify Richard. You can catch the talk from 3.45pm.

Make sure you take a look at an exhibition at the museum too. It features the reconstructed head of Richard III among other artefacts discovered and runs until March 30.

Other events to mark your diary for include a talk from weapons expert Bob Woosnam-Savage at Gloucester City Museum next Friday and a brief history of the king from Dr Phil Stone next Saturday from 10.30am.

For tickets to any of the events call 01452 503050.

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