King Richard III visitor centre designs underway

Date Posted: 15/01/2014

A new King Richard III visitor centre, scheduled to open this summer in the heart of Leicester’s Old Town, will guide visitors through the king’s life, brutal death, and fascinating story of his rediscovery.

The former Leicester Grammar School building at St Martin’s Place is currently being transformed to house a new exhibition, Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery.

As part of this £4 million project, two floors of exhibition space will be created in addition to a new covered area which will allow visitors access to the grave in which Richard’s remains were discovered last summer.

There will also be a new courtyard garden, glass entrance hall, viewing balcony, cafe and visitor entry from Peacock Lane.

The new visitor centre will enable school groups to explore the story of one of England’s most notorious monarchs, from his reign, brutal death at Bosworth Field in 1485, and the rediscovery of his skeleton under a Leicester car park in 2012.

Leicester City Mayor, Peter Soulsby commented: “The discovery of King Richard III is one of the most important archaeological finds of recent times.

“The current temporary exhibition at the Guildhall has already attracted nearly 80,000 visitors from all over the world which shows the extraordinary interest in Richard III's story.

“This new visitor centre will create the kind of exhibition space that this fantastic discovery deserves.”

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Photo credit: University of Leicester.

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