Richard III: Mayor to recruit duo for project
The city mayor is looking to appoint two people to develop the Richard III experience in Leicester.
The city council is creating a major new visitor attraction at the former Leicester Grammar School, telling the story of the search for and discovery of the former Plantagenet king.
Sir Peter Soulsby has agreed to put aside £220,000 to cover the cost of the preliminary building work and for two workers to run the project.
A further £135,000 has also been approved for lamppost banners and a marketing campaign.
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The mayor is hoping to employ a new creative director and an interpretation specialist to lead the design of the museum and develop the exhibition.
Over the next 12 months, the staff will be responsible for turning the ideas for the centre into a reality.
The attraction is due to open in early 2014.
Sir Peter said: "The Richard III story has opened up a whole new chapter for the city's heritage and tourism, and the new visitor centre will be at the very heart of that.
"From the outside, it is already a dramatic and very fitting building, next to the site of the Greyfriars church where Richard's grave was discovered, and right opposite Leicester Cathedral, where he will be buried.
"Our job now is to transform the inside of the building into the kind of visitor centre that is merited by such a fantastic story as that of King Richard."
A temporary exhibition at the nearby Guildhall has already attracted record numbers of visitors since it opened on February 8.