How to Book Richard III Events at Galway Science and Technology Festival

The ‘Richard III Discovered’ Exhibition from University of Leicester is arriving next week for the first time in Ireland, hosted by NUI Galway as part of the 20th Galway Science and Technology Festival in partnership with British Council Ireland. This is one of our 2017 Festival highlights, and we’re thrilled to have the Exhibition and talks at the Festival. Here’s what’s happening and how to book Richard III Events

 

 

The discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton has been the scientific detective story of the decade. Special guest of the Galway Science and Technology Festival Dr. Turi King, Professor at University of Leicester, genetic analyst and passionate communicator of science will visit along with Mathew Morris, Archaeologist, University of Leicester and one of the lead archaeologists on the Grey Friars Project, which led to the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in 2012.

 

There are a number of events and the main Exhibit taking place during the Festival:

 

Friday 24th November

 

Richard III Discovered Exhibit – Secondary School students

 

10am – 3pm at Aula Maxima at NUI Galway

 

 

The Friday exhibit from 10am – 3pm is for Secondary School students (the Exhibit will be open to the public on Sunday at the Exhibition in NUIG see below).

 

The exhibit led by Dr. Turi King shows how science and technology was used to discover a body that had been lost for 500 years during an archaeological dig under a council car park in Leicester which led to the identification through DNA of King Richard III’s skeleton. This event presents a fantastic opportunity to learn how the combination of genetics, genealogy, archaeology, history, forensics and some real-life CSI (crime scene investigation) was used in solving an historical detective story of a missing body.

 

School visits can register on Eventbrite here.

 

Richard III – The King under the car park

 

4pm at the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway

 

 

“Richard III – The King under the car park” talk by Mathew Morris, Archaeologist, University of Leicester. The discovery of King Richard III’s remains during an archaeological excavation in 2012 was a world-wide sensation; a 500 year old missing persons case bought to life through modern archaeological and forensic investigation.

 

In Richard III: The king under the car park, Mathew Morris, one of the lead archaeologists on the Grey Friars Project, will reveal how this amazing discovery was made; examining the background to the project, showing how archaeologists knew where to look and what was found during the excavation, and taking a close look at how forensic scientists were able to successfully identify 500 year old skeletal remains as Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England (d.1485).

 

Free tickets for this talk can be booked on Eventbrite here

 

Saturday 25th November

 

Richard III Discovered Exhibition Public Viewing

 

10am – 4pm at Galway Shopping Centre

 

View the Richard III Discovered Exhibition at Galway Shopping Centre, open for public viewing from 10am to 4pm.

 

Sunday 26th November

 

Richard III Discovered Exhibition Public Viewing

 

10 – 6pm every 20 mins at the O’Donoghue Centre in NUI Galway

 

 

The exhibit led by Dr. Turi King shows how science and technology was used to discover a body that had been lost for 500 years during an archaeological dig under a council car park in Leicester which led to the identification through DNA of King Richard III’s skeleton. This event presents a fantastic opportunity to learn how the combination of genetics, genealogy, archaeology, history, forensics and some real-life CSI (crime scene investigation) was used in solving an historical detective story of a missing body.

 

The team of scientists from University of Leicester including Dr. Turi King, genetic analyst and Mathew Morris, MA ACIfA
Project Officer, University of Leicester Archaeological Services, will talk through their work to find and identify the king who had been lost for 500 years. The exhibition consists of a display panel, a 3 D replica of the skeleton of Richard III and a full suite of medieval armour.

 

Not only will members of the public have the opportunity to meet the Richard III team and find out first-hand about the momentous discovery from start to finish, there will be an array of other exhibits exploring everything from cancer cells to plasma rockets.

 

Children and adults alike can also take part in other interactive elements of the stand, which include:

  • Learn about the inheritance of segments of our own DNA
  • A dice game to show the probability of the skeleton found being King Richard III
  • A full suit of armour and medieval weaponry
  • Children’s fun activity sheets
  • Free wristbands to take away

 

Tickets will be released for this event on Saturday 18th November from 11am on galwayscience.eventbrite.com

 

‘King Richard III, Life Death and DNA’ talk by Dr Turi King

 

1-2 pm in the Human Biology Building in NUI Galway

 

 

Most of us probably associate Richard III with the famous Shakespeare’s play and the King’s dark character in it. Richard III of England ruled just for two years and was the last King to die on a battlefield – even only these two elements are enough to provoke your interest. Richard III is accused of cruel deeds and as his mysterious life, so does his death raises a number of questions. In August 2012 the University of Leicester undertook one of the most ambitious archaeological projects, called Grey Friars. Archaeologists, historians and DNA experts joined forces to discover the remains of Richard III.
How did the work go and what was found out – Dr Turi King, this year’s special guest of the festival will tell us. Turi is professor at the University of Leicester, prominent expert in Genetics and Archaeology and Head of the International Research Team working on the DNA identification of Richard III.

 

Free tickets for this talk can be booked on Eventbrite here.

 

 

Galway Science and Technology Festival (13th – 26th November) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s national Science Week 2017 #believeinscience.