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King Richard III replica head at British Museum

The reconstruction of King Richard III's head has gone on display at the British Museum.

The replica was made from scans of the King's skull after his remains were found in a Leicester car park.

A reconstruction of King Richard's head
A reconstruction of King Richard's head Credit: PA

It was originally displayed In Leicester's Guildhall but is now on a tour of the country.

The tour moves to Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery in March, and then to Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire during April.

It will eventually be displayed at a new Richard III visitor centre in St Martin's place in Leicester due to open in 2014.


Unveiled: Richard III on the eve of Bosworth battle

A painting depicting Richard III in Leicester, on the eve of his death at the Battle of Bosworth, has been unveiled to the public today.

Close-up of the painting, which depicts King Richard raising his sword before the famous battle... Credit: ITV Central

The 19th Century work was bought at auction for the University of Leicester by a retired local businessman.

The painting dates back to the 1800's and was bought at auction for the University of Leicester... Credit: ITV Central
The 19th Century work was unveiled in front of a waiting public earlier today... Credit: ITV Central

University of Leicester wins prize for Richard III work

The University of Leicester has won an international award for its work on Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

The University of Leicester has won an international prize for its media and communications work around the archaeological work that led to the discovery of Richard III.

Leicester won the Gold Award in the Science and Education category at the European Excellence Awards 2013 in Munich.

The organisers said:

"The impact of education and the discoveries of science have a major impact on how we view, and relate to, the world. This category rewards the cream of communications from the science and education industries."

After it was confirmed that the body found under the council car park was indeed the lost king the news knocked both the Superbowl and Beyoncé off the number one spot on Twitter.

Car-park King dig earns Leicester Uni top prize

The University of Leicester has won a Times Higher Education Award for the seventh successive year.

Their discovery of King Richard III under a Leicester city-centre car park, has earned them the award for 'Research Project of the Year', recognising innovative studies that have significant academic impact and capture public imagination.

Using new technology, a facial reconstruction was created from King Richard's remains... Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The annual awards celebrate the achievements of higher education institutions in the UK and so Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Kevin Sch?rer, at the University of Leicester, said:

"This award is fantastic recognition of the world class research and expertise at the University of Leicester...

...The astonishing inter-disciplinary detective work that led to the discovery and identification of King Richard III demonstrates the quality of expertise developed by the University."

The dig-site where the remains of King Richard III were found... Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

10,000 sign up for Richard III course

Experts at the university dug up Richard III's remains last year Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than 10,000 people have signed up to a new university course on England during the reign of Richard III

The free online course has been set up by the University of Leicester, and is taught by those who helped unearth the King from under a car park last year.


Reburial of King under the car park: Debate rages on

With the High Court battle over the reburial of King Richard III having been adjourned, the case is more open for public debate than ever.

ITV News spoke to members of the public, at the Last Plantagenet Pub in Leicester, to hear their views on the subject of where the fallen King should be reburied and why...

Some thought his reburial in Leicester would be good for local investment. Whilst others thought, that as a former King of England, he should be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey.

High Court battle over Richard III reburial adjourned

The legal battle over where the remains of Richard III will be buried has been adjourned.

Three High Court judges decided to adjourn the case to a later date because another party had joined the legal confrontation.

A model of the head of Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The remains of the last Plantagenet King were found buried under a car park in Leicester last year, and the plan was for them to be reinterred in a tomb in Leicester Cathedral.

But distant relatives of the King in York have brought a legal challenge to this decision. The Plantagenet Alliance claim the remains should be reburied at York Minister, as he wished.

The legal challenge consists of concerns that the Justice Secretary failed to consult before giving archaeologists at the University of Leicester license to excavate Richard’s body, and decide where he would be reburied.

Now the case has been adjourned so that Leicester City Council can be added to the list of parties being challenged by the York group.

Read more: Petition to keep Richard III in Leicester gets more than 34,000 signatures

Queen's Award for Leicester University's royal discovery

The University of Leicester has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its work on the discovery of Richard III. The team from the University was praised for their long record of exceptional research, commercial archaeology and public engagement.

The prestigious biennial awards are part of the UK’s national honours system and are the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.

This is the third time in two decades that the University of Leicester has won the prize.

The remains of Richard III were discovered by archaeologists from Leicester University Credit: Rui Vieira/PA
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