King Richard III

It's an amazing story. Philippa Langley, a member of the Richard III Society, spent four-and-a-half years researching the whereabouts of King Richard's remains after his demise at Bosworth. The 1924-founded society's aim is to research the king's life and to achieve a more balanced characterisation of him than that of a cruel and calculating figure, as portrayed by Shakespeare and various authors and historians. Langley narrowed it down to a Leicester car park, built over the site of the long-since-demolished Greyfriars church. But it took her another three years to persuade the city council to excavate.

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester carried out the dig in August 2012, unearthing a skeleton just three weeks later. In February 2013 the bones were confirmed by DNA analysis as those of the late king.

The university was also able to undertake a facial reconstruction using the king's skull, giving the modern world its first true image of Richard III. The reconstruction is on permanent display at Leicester's state-of-the-art King Richard III: Dynasty, Death & Discovery visitor centre along with the site where he'd been buried for more than 500 years.

Richard's remains were reburied in Leicester Cathedral in 2015 following a procession from Bosworth.

A free Richard III Audio Tour, downloadable from Leicester's tourist office, covers key Richard sites in the city and county.