The Science of King Richard III

As part of British Science Week 2018 the King Richard III Visitor Centre is hosting a series of talks for schools. An all-female cast of top scientists will speak to students about the various scientific approaches used in the identification of King Richard III.

Monday 12th March
Professor Caroline Wilkinson is Director of the Liverpool School of Art & Design and has a background in art and science. She is an expert in craniofacial analysis and created the facial reconstruction of Richard III which now sits in the Visitor Centre. Professor Wilkinson will explain the process, and how she recreated the face of the King.

Tuesday 13th March
Dr Angela Lamb is a Research Scientist at the British Geological Survey in Nottingham. She uses stable isotope techniques to investigate a wide range of materials from ancient bones and teeth to water, plants and sediments. She is especially interested in how humans and animals respond to environmental change. Dr Lamb’s talk will explore how isotopes helped to investigate Richard III’s life, from the food and drink he consumed to where he travelled, with some surprising findings.

Wednesday 14th March
Professor Turi King is professor of Public Engagement for the Department of Genetics and School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She led the DNA analysis of the remains of Richard III and is leading the whole genome sequencing of his DNA. Professor King’s talk will be about the DNA analysis of Richard III, how DNA helped identify his remains and what else it can tell us about this long-dead king.

Thursday 15th March
Professor Sarah Hainsworth is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Aston University and the first female Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining Aston University, Sarah was at the University of Leicester, where she was Head of Engineering and part of the team who analysed Richard’s remains. Professor Hainsworth will cover the analysis of Richard III’s skeleton, the wounds on the skeleton, and how forensic analysis of these marks can suggest which weapons were used.

With such an impressive line-up, the week’s events are likely to prove popular with schools and so advance booking is essential.

  • The talks are available to groups booking a visit to the exhibition and will be included in the price of a visit.
  • They are suitable for KS3/4 students (11-16yrs), with a focus on promoting science and engineering.
  • Talks will take place at 11am and 1:30pm and will last for 45 minutes, with time afterwards for questions.

Book now on 0116 229 4132 or via email

Find out more about British Science Week 2018