How York will commemorate the reburial of Richard III

23 Mar 2015 @ 9.32 am
| History

The world’s eyes are on Leicester this week as the remains of Richard III are reburied with great pomp and ceremony in the city’s cathedral.

Having lost the battle to lay the former king to rest here, York is marking the occasion with processions and exhibitions.

After all, the last Plantagenet king and the city whose name he took were members of a mutual fan club back in the day.

So how is York paying its respects?

The day itself: Thursday, March 26

Lord Mayor of York Ian Gillies. Photograph: City of York Council
Evensong in the Minster
A Solemn Choral Evensong will be held to commemorate King Richard III at York Minster, starting at 5.15pm. All are welcome.

The service will include a prayer composed for the service by the Dean of Leicester.

I am glad the cathedrals of both York and Leicester will take the opportunity of the re-interment to give thanks for the peace of our realm and to pray for reconciliation for those who are caught up in conflict in our own day.

– Very Reverend Dean Vivienne Faull of York Minster

Procession of VIPs

Following the service at 6.20pm, from the Minster’s South Door, a procession led by the civic party and senior clergy will walk across the Piazza, along Stonegate to St Helen’s Square and end outside the Mansion House.

The public is invited to line the route to pay their respects to the king.

A mayoral address

From the Mansion House steps, the Lord Mayor of York Cllr Ian Gillies will address the procession which will disperse. Full Council in the Guildhall will begin at the later time of 6.45pm.

These commemorations build on work by academics, civic and faith leaders in the city and beyond, to further inform interest in the last Plantagenet monarch.

This work and the events planned for March are bringing two great English cities closer together through their shared interest in and affection for Richard III.

– Lord Mayor Ian Gillies

New Richard III Exhibitions

Jane Stockdale from the York Archaeological Trust with a piece of armour from the Battle Of Towton, part of the Richard III Experience exhibition
Yorkshire Museum
On Friday, March 27 a new display about York’s favourite dead royal will open its doors.

Richard III: Man & Myth will use the Yorkshire Museum’s collections alongside treasures from across Yorkshire. It will look at the myths and distorted truths that have shaped much modern opinion on Richard compared to the hard facts.

It is only right that York should mark the reburial of Richard III because of his strong connections to our city and the regard in which he is held by many people across the county.

The Yorkshire Museum is home to some fantastic treasures which relate to the monarch and it is with these that will be looking into the truth and myths which still surround his short life and reign.

– Dr Janet Barnes, chief executive at York Museums Trust

The Richard III Experience

Opened last week, the Monk Bar museum’s new exhibition includes the oldest gun barrel in Europe, one of a number of treasures from recovered from the Battle Of Towton, dating from 1461.

This was a key battle in the Wars Of The Roses, which led to Richard III’s own enthronement 20 years later.

Other items on display include a skeleton, believed to be that of a Civil War soldier executed on Knavesmire, and the remains of a chapel that Richard III commissioned to mourn the fallen soldiers of Towton.