Richard III: Exhibition draws in the crowds at Leicester's Guildhall
BY 10 o'clock this morning, more than 90 people had arrived at the Leicester's Guildhall for the opening of a six-month exhibition dedicated to the discovery and history of King Richard III.
Keen to learn more about one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in recent years, people had travelled from all over Leicestershire and some had even come from as far as America and Australia.
The free attraction has been developed by Leicester Arts and Museum Service to introduce the remarkable story behind the excavation.
Visitors could explore the historical and scientific evidence gathered from the Grey Friars site and learn more about the actual discovery of the last Plantagenet King - in that infamous Leicester car park.
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Anita Harrison, operations officer for the Guildhall said: "It's just fantastic for the city and the Guildhall. We had 90 people through the doors in the first 10 minutes of opening."
Pauline and Martin Brown, of Thurmaston, were among the first people allowed into the exhibition.
Mr Brown said: "We watched the TV program with such interest. I can't believe how lucky they were to find him, and why on earth had the area been turned into a car park in the first place? It was such a lucky shot they found the King at all. We are looking forward to finding out more and seeing what it is all about."
The exhibition is now open daily until August 31, 2013.Today (February 8) it is open until 5pm; February 9 - 10 – 9am – 5.30pm; February 11 – 15 - 10am – 5pm; February 16 and 17 - 9am – 5.30pm; February 18 – 22 - Normal Guildhall opening times, 11am -4.30pm.The Guildhall is in the heart of the city next to the cathedral and the nearest car park is The Lanes.