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A smelly solution to chills and ills this February Half Term…

This Half Term at the King Richard III Visitor Centre experience life as a medieval medic!

Hear gruesome, grisly tales of battlefield wounds and extreme treatments and have a go yourself at making curious cures and pungent poultices.

Medieval Medicine runs from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th February and our very own battlefield surgeon will be regaling tales of exactly what went on during medieval battles, the deadly weapons used to maximum effect and how medics would try and treat wounded soldiers.

Have a go at making your own medieval medicine with an array of natural remedies (12th – 16th February) – during medieval times a whole host of ingredients including garlic, rose petals and snail slime were used in poultices. These were designed to cure all kinds of chills and ills, even the bubonic plague which had an outbreak between 1479 and 1480, just before the reign of King Richard III.

You can also find out more about the injuries Richard III received at the Battle of Bosworth and the weapons used to inflict them on him with the 3D interactive skeleton as well the incredible story of Richard’s life, his death and the discovery of his remains. No visit is complete without seeing the place where the king’s remains lay undiscovered in a car park for over 500 years.

The Medieval Medicine event is included in admission to the Visitor Centre and don’t forget – once purchased, your ticket is valid for a whole year!



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