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Richard III archaeologist addresses business leaders

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Published by University of Leicester Press Office for University of Leicester in Education and also in Communities

University of Leicester archaeologist Richard Buckley OBE will speak to 200 business leaders at the annual dinner event of Leicestershire Business Voice.

The event at St Martins House on Thursday 6 February 2014 will be a celebration of the discovery and how it will impact on business prosperity in our region.

In tribute to the royal discovery, this year’s annual dinner has the theme of a medieval banquet with a modern twist, replete with entertainment from ‘The Princes in the Tower’, and a local artist who will draw caricatures of the guests in medieval costume in aid of local charity LOROS.

Richard Buckley, of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), said: “Uncovering the remains of King Richard III was one of those events you never really expect to see as an archaeologist, let alone be a part of. It all slotted together like a detective story, as my colleague Mathew Morris put it.

“It is great, then, for business leaders to explore how that story can attract tourists and businesses to Leicester. The discovery has confirmed Leicester’s status as a historical centre.

“The discovery of Richard III was more than just a triumph after all the hard work of our team, Philippa Langley, Dr John Ashdown-Hill and the Richard III Society: it was an opportunity to tell people about the wealth of archaeology and history contained within Leicester’s streets.”

Rosie Clark, who sits on the board of Leicestershire business voice, said: “Leicester has truly been given a gift that has a huge potential to benefit a wide range of business sectors.  The challenge is for us as leaders to capitalise on this, but capitalise with a conscience, and devise a dignified response to this unique discovery whilst embracing the possibilities for business success in our city.”

The event is fully booked, but due to its popularity it is likely to be repeated.

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