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King's head tour to visit new venue

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The reconstructed head of King Richard III will visit another city on its tour of the UK.

Gloucester has now been added to the tour of English cities which is showcasing the detailed replica of the monarch.

Richard was made Duke of Gloucester in 1461, and in 1483 he made it a city.

The head, which is on display in Leicester's Guildhall museum, is due to visit Gloucester in March, shortly before it returns to Leicester to go on permanent display.

The model relies on pinpoint details from a CT scan taken of the king's skull by Leicester Royal Infirmary, following the discovery of his remains beneath the Greyfriars car park in August last year by a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

Sir Peter Soulsby, mayor of Leicester, said: "I am delighted that this extraordinary replica of King Richard's head will be seen by so many visitors in historic English cities with which he had links.

"It is only right Gloucester is on that list, and I hope it proves as popular an attraction there as it has done here."

The head will remain on display at Leicester's Guildhall until June 8, after which it will go to Bosworth Battlefield, where the king was killed in 1485.

From there, it will go on to Yorkshire and Northamptonshire. The head will then go on display at the British Museum in London before travelling to Gloucester.

It will return to Leicester in the spring to go on permanent display at the city's new Richard III visitor centre, which is being created at the former Leicester Grammar School in St Martin's Place, next to the grave site.


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