While the world waits to see whether the slain body of Richard III has been found under a Leicester car park, a 15th century silver badge worn by those loyal to him has been bought by the Yorkshire Museum in the culmination of a successful public appeal.
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Curators in York asked supporters to help buy the £2,000 silver gilt livery work two months ago. They say “significantly more” has been raised, including a single £2,000 pledge from the Richard III Society to help carry out further research, professionally clean the treasure and create a display around it.
“We could never have guessed how generous people would be,” said Natalie McCaul, the assistant curator of archaeology at the museum, announcing that the “boar badge” will be briefly put on public show from this Friday (September 22).
“To get more than the requested amount shows the real interest there is in Richard III in Yorkshire.
“We are thrilled that we are able to keep this rare badge in Yorkshire for the public to enjoy.
“We would like to say thank you to all of those people who donated."
Researchers hope to investigate figures linked with Richard III in the area of Shillingford, where the badge was found in 2010, as part of the project.