I imagine that it is pretty much well known by now that the University of Leicester pioneered the search that led to the discovery of King Richard III. Over the past weekend, the University kicked off the beginning of an array of events that have been organised to celebrate the reinterment of the last Plantagenet King.
In fact, on Saturday, I was working on campus and saw for myself the masses of people who came from all around the world to find out more about him and the discovery. The College of Arts, Humanities and Law organised a brilliant day full of different activities. The most fascinating activity, in my opinion, was ‘Dynastic DNA’ which took place in the medical building and gave visitors the opportunity to have the hands on experience of extracting DNA from organic material.
Overall, I find all the buzz about Richard III to be quite amusing. Its quite bizarre that I spent a year (during AS-level History) learning all about his short reign and then this weekend he was literally resting in the old Chapel in the Law building! What a small world …
However, enough about what I think! I am really interested to know what you think of the whole Richard III story. Please let me know by commenting below.
Until next time,
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[…] As Zara has explained, the University of Leicester was a huge part of finding the bones of King Richard III, and has been custodian of those bones until Sunday, when a coffin bearing the “mortal remains” was placed in a hearse, taken on a tour around areas of significance, and handed over to Leicester Cathedral. The bones were found in a Leicester car park in 2012, (how undignified!) and the whole thing was initiated by Phillipa Langley. She founded the ‘Looking for Richard’ project and approached the university for their assistance… her job satisfaction must be at an all time high right now! […]
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