‘Searching for the real Richard III’ talk is a huge success!
18th February 2014


Felsted School played host to a fascinating historical talk last week, as Doctor John Ashdown-Hill spoke about Richard III. He spoke to a group of Preparatory School students in the afternoon, and then gave a public lecture to over 120 people in the evening. It was not only popular with Felsted staff and students; members of the local community also flocked to this event.


  1. Painting of Dr Ashdown-Hill by a Finnish student. He is carrying the remains of Richard III.


Dr Ashdown-Hill was one of the historians most intimately involved with the discovery of Richard III’s body, in a car park in Leicester. During the talk, he spoke about his role in the finding. One of the most interesting points raised was the fact that the King’s body could have been found as early as 2005, if ‘Time Team’ had been willing to take the risk!


Dr Ashdown-Hill was also responsible for tracking down the descendants of Richard, in order to prove that the remains were genuine. A Year 8 pupil commented; “Dr Ashdown-Hill talked to us in great detail about the steps he took in finding Richard, such as trawling through accounts of where he was buried until more than one matched. He then excavated the site and found Richard on the first day.”


Felsted Preparatory School teacher Tony Harries, who organised the event, commented; “I was delighted with the turnout from the Felsted community. In particular, I was proud of how the pupils were really engaged and interested with what Dr Ashdown-Hill was saying. I enjoyed both excellent talks!”

Notes to Editor:

  1. Tony Harries is available for further comment if necessary.
  2. Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.

Please contact Sophy Aitken or Rob Short on 01371 822647 in the Press Office for further details.

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