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Richard III Centre

Artists impression of the Richard III Centre

Work has started to transform the old Leicester Grammar School building into a £4 million visitor centre, overlooking the site where Richard III’s remains were found.

It will feature an exhibition called ‘Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery', which will tell the story of Richard III's life and how his skeleton was identified by experts.

The exhibition in St Martin's Place will guide visitors through the dramatic story of the king's life, brutal death at Bosworth Field in 1485, and the fascinating story of his rediscovery. This is a key project that's part our wider Connecting Leicester vision to reconnect the city.

We will change the Victorian Gothic building to create two floors of exhibition space and a new covered area allowing visitors access to the grave in which Richard's remains were discovered during summer 2012.

We’re also planning a new courtyard garden, glass entrance hall, viewing balcony, cafe and visitor entry from Peacock Lane, and we will also re-locate the Richard III statue to the grounds of the new centre.

The new centre would then open in time for the planned re-interment of King Richard's remains at Leicester Cathedral, just across Peacock Lane.


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