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© Richard III Society - Leicestershire Branch
Richard III Society
Leicestershire Branch
THURSDAY MAY 18th 2023
Branch Annual General Meeting 
THURSDAY OCTOBER 20th 2022
All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 7pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings are free to branch members, but visitors are requested to donate £3 towards the expenses of the meeting.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17th 2022
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th 2022
THURSDAY JULY 21st 2022

Programme of speakers 2022/23

The Leicestershire Branch of the Richard III Society presents
Meetings will only take place if government guidelines allow at the time of each meeting. They will also be subject to the venue being able to meet any social distancing requirements in force at the time. Further details will be available nearer to the time of each meeting.
Sacred and Profane – An illustrated talk looking at the origins of the coronation and of the crown jewels by Jean Townsend. This talk covers the period from the middle ages to the present day, so it is very topical in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
‘Tis the sheep that paid for all’– An illustrated talk by Richard Smith on the Medieval Wool Trade in England with special reference to the Yorkist Period using sources such as the 15th century Cely Letters.
Medieval Weapons and Armour Joe Robey will tell us about the weapons and armour in use in the middle ages especially during the ‘Wars of the Roses’ period. Joe hopes to be able to bring along some examples for us to see.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 15th 2022
A Meal at Taste Restaurant – A three course meal and coffee is booked for 7pm at 'Taste', Leicester College, Freemen’s Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7LW.
THURSDAY MARCH 16th 2023
NO MEETINGS ARE HELD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
THURSDAY APRIL 20th 2023
How to build a Castle – A talk by Peter Liddle on the building of the unfinished Kirby Muxloe Castle. William Lord Hastings began work on the castle in 1480, continuing until his execution in 1483.
THURSDAY JUNE 23rd 2022
Barber Surgeons – In the middle ages the barber surgeons were one of the most common medical practitioners in Europe. Eddie Smallwood will enlighten us on getting a hair cut and having surgery at the same time!
LAHS History Fair – The Leicestershire Branch will be having a stall at the History Fair at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire LE12 8TX. The fair is open to the public from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. There will be guest speakers, family activities and re-enactments.
‘The First Barons’ War and events around Dover Castle’ Caroline Wright will tell us of the war between King John and his barons and look at events around the siege of Dover Castle.
Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary (see Contact Page).
NO MEETINGS ARE HELD IN AUGUST
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th 2022
Castle Hill Excavations – The site on the edge of Leicester Forest was granted to the Knights Hospitallers in the 13th century. They held the land until 1482 when it was exchanged with Edward IV for land in Lincolnshire. Matthew Morris will explain what the 2016 archaeological excavations uncovered.