Archaeologists send head of Richard III to Northampton Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 October 2013

Richard III is heading to Northampton. A replica head of the former monarch – revealed to the public on a Channel 4 documentary following the discovery of his body – is on a tour to only four venues before being permanently housed at the new Richard III visitor in Leicester.

A photo of a recreated head of a medieval king against a red background
Richard III returns to Northamptonshire this month© Courtesy Richard III Society
A forensic art team at the University of Dundee has made the most accurate interpretation of Richard to date, commissioned by the Richard III Society and informed by scans of his skull, which was found by archaeologists under Greyfriars car park in August 2012.
“As well as the replica head, which is incredible, the display will include other exhibits that give a good insight into the king’s connection with our county,” says Brandon Eldren, of Northampton Borough Council.
“He was born in Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, which is why we have been chosen to host this very special exhibition.

“It is going to be fantastic and I really do urge people to come along to the museum and see it for themselves.”

The head will depart for the British Museum in January 2014, having already appeared at Leicester’s Guildhall, Bosworth Battlefield and the Yorkshire Museum.
  • Exhibition opens at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on October 18 2013.

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Richard, the last Plantagenet and last of the Whyte Rose Kings, should rest in York Minster but if not then at Fotheringhay, with his father, or at Gloucester Cathedral, the centre of his Dukedom.

Leicester has no automatic right of claim. By that thinking Richard I should be buried at Chalus, Edward II at Berkeley Castle and Richard II at Pontefract. Henry V should still be in Vincennes in France and Henry VI in the Tower of London. These monarchs were all translated post mortem.
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