Yesterday it was in the news that the burial site of King Richard III will be granted special protection. The discovery of Richard’s body in a carpark is one of Leicester’s proudest accolades (along with Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2015/16).
I didn’t know much about Richard III until I went to the Visitor Centre a few weeks ago when my sister came to visit me. It’s funny how sometimes you only make the effort to do something like that when you have a guest to show round.
The museum itself is very informative and I learnt a lot. I didn’t realise how significant the death of Richard was for history as it marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Tudor era. There’s also lots of information about the process of finding out where they thought his body would be and eventually digging it up which was interesting – it’s nice to see that the uni of Leicester played a part!
It’s good to hear that the archaeological site will be preserved for future generations as it’s an important piece of Leicester’s history.