Looking for Richard Project by Philippa Langley
Lecture | Address on booking
Tuesday 5 December 2017 - 10:30 until 15:00
This is the inside story of the search for King Richard III: the king in the car park.
In 2012, Philippa led the search for Richard III in a council car park in Leicester through her original Looking For Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated and commissioned this unique historical investigation. Following seven and a half years of enquiry, she identified the likely location of the church and grave, instructing exhumation of the human remains uncovered in that exact location. Her project marked the first-ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.
In 2013, Philippa published her compelling story in The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III, co-authored with military historian Michael Jones. She is President of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society and in 2015 was awarded the MBE in recognition of her services to the ‘the Exhumation and Identification of Richard III’.
Philippa now tells her incredible story. Detailing the research that led her to this location and the discovery made on the very first day of the dig, Philippa reveals what the discovery tells us about Richard III and how the return of the king has helped reveal the man behind the Tudor myth.
Following Philippa’s presentation there will be a book signing. A two-course lunch will be prepared and served by Caterbirds of Castle Douglas.
Barjarg Tower lies on a gentle slope enjoying the lovely views of the surrounding Lowther Hills. The original Tower House dates back to the late 16th century but has had various cleverly designed additions over the years.
This event has been organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.