A detailed facial reconstruction of Richard III along with a replica of the king’s skeleton showing his battle injuries are among the highlights at a new visitor centre dedicated to the king opening in Leicester on 26 July 2014.
Richard III portrait
The centre has been created to cater for the growing public interest in Richard III following the discovery of the king’s burial site in a Leicester car park in August 2012. At the heart of the centre is an exhibition entitled ‘King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery’, which tells the story of his complex and controversial life, brutal death, and the fascinating discovery of his remains. Completing the visitor experience will be a chance to visit the site of King Richard’s original grave, preserved in a quiet, respectful setting and with a contemplative atmosphere in which visitors can reflect on the life and legacy of a slain warrior and anointed monarch.
Iain Gordon, Director of the King Richard III Visitor Centre, commented, “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 out this dramatic story.”