‘Finding Bosworth Battlefield’ By Richard Knox

Richard Knox, Heritage Development Manager for Leicestershire, will give a talk on ‘Finding Bosworth Battlefield’ at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday March 15th, 7.30pm, Hoby Village Hall (LE14 3DT). All are welcome; the price for non members is £2.00 (pay on door) or visit www.hobyanddistricthistory.co.uk for more information.
In this illustrated talk, Richard Knox will be telling the story of how the location of one of England’s most pivotal battlefields was lost to history, but rediscovered during a systematic survey started in 2005. Richard will explain what happened at the Battle of Bosworth on the 22nd August 1485, how the location became lost and will describe how a dedicated team of archaeologists worked for five years to find evidence of the two hour action fought 500 years earlier. The results of the project, although modest compared to some Battlefields, have started to resolve decades of academic debate and opened the doors to further research and experimentation on late medieval artillery. The talk will finish with a brief description of Richard III’s burial and rediscovery by Matthew Morris and the Leicester University team.
There will also be a chance to handle some replicas of the sort of weapons and armour used in the Battle, including some of weapons responsible for Richard III’s gruesome death.
Richard Knox is the Heritage Development Manager for Leicestershire County Council, has worked with County’s Museums Service since 1990 and has been involved with the Bosworth Battlefield Centre since 2004.
The Hoby & District Local History Society is a voluntary organisation. The Society brings together people from all walks of life who are interested in the local history of the Leicestershire villages of Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale and Brooksby and the District around them. The society was founded in 2013.