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Replica Richard III head coming to Northampton

Philippa Langley, originator of the 'Looking for Richard III' project, with the reconstruction of King Richard III's face. Picture - Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Philippa Langley, originator of the 'Looking for Richard III' project, with the reconstruction of King Richard III's face. Picture - Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A replica of the head of King Richard III is coming to Northampton next month as part of a nationwide tour.

The replica head – made from detailed scans of the Northamptonshire-born king’s skull – was revealed to the public for the first time in the Channel 4 documentary The King in the Car Park.

Northampton is one of just four places that the head will tour before going on permanent display at Leicester’s new Richard III visitor centre next year.

It will be at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from October 18 to January 5.

The head, which was commissioned by the Richard III Society, was constructed using details from the king’s skull following the discovery of his remains beneath the Greyfriars car park in Leicester in August 2012, by a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

It was created by the forensic art team of the University of Dundee, and offers the most accurate interpretation yet of what King Richard could have looked like in life.

Councillor Brandon Eldred (Con, East Hunsbury), cabinet member responsible for museums, said: “King Richard’s story is a fascinating one. He was born in Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, which is why we have been chosen to host this very special exhibition.

“As well as the replica head, which is incredible, the display will include other exhibits that give a good insight into the king’s connection with our county. It is going to be fantastic and I really do urge people to come along to the museum and see it for themselves.”

Opening times for the exhibition will be Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

 

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