Interview on Nerdalicious with the Looking for Richard Team

On the 25th of August, 1485, King Richard III was laid to rest in the Greyfriars Church in Leicester. Just over two years ago, on the 527th anniversary of his interment, the grave of Richard III was discovered. Today we are joined by the people at the heart of the incredible discovery, Looking for Richard members Annette Carson, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill , Dr. David and Wendy Johnson and Philippa Langley, to discuss their journey and what the future holds for King Richard III.

David and Wendy Johnson, Philippa Langley and John Ashdown-Hill – Picture @Philippa Langley

David and Wendy Johnson, Philippa Langley and John Ashdown-Hill – Picture @Philippa Langley

The full story of how Richard III was found




‘FINDING RICHARD III: The Official Account’ by Research Team

Their task was to locate a lost grave in an obliterated church. The ‘Looking For Richard’ team of historians and researchers spent many years amassing evidence. Now for the first time they reveal the full story of how that evidence took them to a car park in Leicester.

Reports of the dig and DNA fingerprinting were shown world-wide and won awards.

But the years of prior detective work have never before been recognised.

Latin texts, mediaeval priories, old maps, long-lost memorials, misleading tales of grave desecration  ... not a Dan Brown novel, but a sober account of how painstaking studies of historical records achieved the goal of finding Richard III.

Informed by Dr John Ashdown-Hill’s sound knowledge of the Franciscans (Greyfriars) and their architecture, together with his discovery of Richard III’s mtDNA, the LOOKING FOR RICHARD PROJECT launched by Philippa Langley rested on solid foundations. It rested equally on her own exhaustive research into the Greyfriars site, and her indomitable determination to see it through.

Other members made up a team that until now kept a low profile, combining to facilitate, raise the money (the search cost some £40,000), and cultivate an ethos that laid emphasis on respect for a king who fell defending crown and country. Historian Dr David Johnson and his artist wife, Wendy Johnson, proposed a tomb design that won approval from the Richard III Society, whose members overwhelmingly financed the search.

Edited with the sure touch of writer and author Annette Carson, this publication reveals how scholarship and research into 500 years of history underpinned an enterprise of which the world saw only the triumphant end result.


Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project

A.J. Carson (Ed.), J. Ashdown-Hill, D. Johnson, W. Johnson & P.J. Langley

Published by Imprimis Imprimatur

ISBN 978-0-9576840-2-7 Price £8.50

96 pages; 22 figs, maps, diagrams; 7 appendices including 22 pages of original documents and papers; bibliography; index; preface by Dr C.C. Thornton, FSA, FRHistS

For more information please contact John Ashdown-Hill via the Contact Form.

"Finding Richard III: The Official Account"

LFR members have been busy over the past few months compiling an academic style publication in booklet form which will be the official, authentic account of all the research, preparations and negotiations involved in mounting the search for Richard III’s grave.

It cites sources dating back to the 15th century, as well as research by the team and its predecessors going back to 1975 which informed our understanding of where his body lay, and prompted us to make the effort of trying to find him. It will include diagrams, maps, and 22 pages of original documents and papers published for the very first time.

Due to be published in a few weeks – please look out for notice of publication date.