Interactive Richard III open day ahead of reburial

Richard III's bones laid out Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Visitors who head to Leicester ahead of King Richard III's reinterment in March will be able to explore an interactive open day at Leicester University.

They will be able to speak to historians, find out more about the science behind the discovery of the King's remains, and try their hand at tile-making and medieval fabric dying.

The announcement has come exactly two years to the day after it was confirmed that the bones found buried under a car park in Leicester were indeed those of Richard III.

Richard III's bones laid out Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The event takes place on Saturday 21 March - the week of the reburial of the remains. The week will also see an historic and scientific exploration of the work that went into finding and identifying the remains.

For the first time since his discovery we are giving the public access to both the key people and the spaces that were crucial to the discovery and identification of Richard III.

Jim Butler, University of Leicester
A computer generated image of the tomb in which Richard III will be reinterred. Credit: van Heyningen and Haward Architects

There will also be talks from the key members of the team which located, unearthed and identified Richard III at the Grey Friars site.

What continues to surprise me is the excitement the project generates.

Lead archaeologist Dr Richard Buckley