The reconstructed head of Richard III, one of England’s most infamous kings, has gone on display at a Northampton museum, where it can be viewed for the next 11 weeks.
The head, which is believed to be the closest resemblance to what the controversial king would have looked like, went on public display at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery yesterday.
The display also includes a film, showing how the head was created, information about Richard’s links to Northamptonshire, where he was born, as well as a painting of the Battle of Northampton, which was fought and won by his brother.
The model, which will remain in Northampton until the beginning of January, was made possible after Richard’s grave was discovered in Leicester.
The head was then commissioned by the Richard III Society and created from a CT scan taken of the king’s skull at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
It was reconstructed by a forensic art team at the University of Dundee.
The model was official unveiled in Northampton on Thursday night by Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society.
He said: “Originally we only thought about displaying it in Leicester and York but the people in Leicester thought ‘why not spread him around’ and I think it is great.
“It is getting publicity for Richard and it is getting publicity for the society.”
After Northampton, the head will go to the British Museum and Gloucester, before returning to Leicester.
Northampton historian, Mike Ingram said: “The fact it is here shows the importance of Northampton during the Wars of the Roses.
“Richard’s connections with the town go all the way through.”
The display includes an oil painting of the Battle of Northampton, of 1460, painted following extensive research, by Matthew Ryan.
Councillor Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “It is fantastic for Northampton Museum. To have this and to be one of only three places to have had this visit does put us on the map.
“It really does enhance what we are trying to do in the town.”