Richard III visitor centre opens today

A replica skeleton of the Plantagenet king and the grave pit in which he was buried go on display today in a new Richard III visitor centre in Leicester

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Located opposite Leicester Cathedral – where the former king will be reinterred next spring – the centre recounts the details of the life and death of the controversial king, including the events that led to his rediscovery in a Leicester car park in August 2012.

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Among the exhibits is a detailed facial reconstruction of the king, as well as a replica of his skeleton that clearly shows his battle injuries. Visitors will also be able to look down through a pane of glass into the grave in which the former king’s remains were found.

The centre is organised in three parts: Dynasty – the story of the king’s life and times in medieval England and his rise to power; Death – the key players in the battle of Bosworth and how betrayal led to the king being cut down while defending his crown, and Discovery – the unearthing and identification of Richard III using cutting-edge science and analysis.

More than 100,000 people from around the world are expected to visit the centre in its first year.

Iain Gordon, the centre director, said: “Since the historic discovery of King Richard III’s body in 2012 we have seen unprecedented interest in the story and in the history of Leicester. We are very fortunate to have one of the most significant and intriguing historic sites in England located here, and we are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the world to learn more about this dramatic story.”

To find out more about the centre, visit www.kriii.com

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