Forensic reconstruction of Richard III's head to appear at Yorkshire Museum this summer

By Culture24 Reporter | 02 May 2013

A reconstruction of Richard III's head, created by forensic artists at the University of Dundee basing their work on CT scans of the King's skull carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary, will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a summer of events and activities devoted to the ruler whose exhumation consumed public imagination earlier this year.

A photo of a recreation of a Medieval king's head
© Richard III Society
Commissioned by the Richard III Society, the scans on the head – described as “pin-point” in their level of detail – took place following the discovery of the body beneath the Greyfriars car park in Leicester last August.

The university team believes it has formed “the most accurate interpretation yet” of the King’s real-life looks. Visitors will be able to see him in the museum’s Medieval Gallery, where objects with connections to the King, such as the Middleham Jewel and a boar badge once given out by his supporters, are already held.

The discovery of his bones in Leicester has ignited a lot of interest in Richard III and his connections to the city,” said Andrew Morrison, the head curator for York Museums Trust.

“We will use the head as a centrepiece to a new display looking at what we really know about the King – separating the facts from the fiction which so often surrounds him.”

The cranial outing is part of a partnership intent on revealing everyday life in Yorkshire during the King’s mid-15th century lifespan, supported by collaborators including York Minster and the city council.

An actor will pose as the monarch during the school holidays, when a showcase of books and hands-on activities will also appear at the museum.

The Yorkshire Museum will run a number of summer events connected to Richard III, including hands on activities, a display of Richard III related books in the museum library and an actor dressed as the King during the summer holidays. 

Bosworth Battlefield will welcome the head before its arrival in York, followed by trips to Northampton and the British Museum before it goes on permanent show at the new Richard III visitor centre, which will be completed next to the grave site in Leicester in Spring 2014.
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