Dr Jo Appleby – NZ Lecture Tour

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Greyfriars Dig, News, News from Other Branches

This report of a talk by Dr Jo Appleby during her recent visit to New Zealand was sent to us by the Australasian Vice-President of the Richard III Society Rob Smith.  We thank Rob for making this available to us and we thank Shayne for her photographs.

Dr Jo Appleby – NZ Lecture Tour

Dr Jo Appleby, the Leicester University osteo-archaeologist who uncovered Richard’s remains has just concluded a brief lecture tour in NZ sponsored by The British Arts Council.

On 6th August, 14 NZ Ricardians and partners travelled to Palmerston North, 130km north of Wellington, to hear Jo talk on the Leicester dig. Held at Massey University, the lecture room, designed for 250, was crammed full with every seat, aisle and floor space taken up; well over 300 attendees were enthralled with her brilliantly presented, well-illustrated and witty talk.Luckily, most of the Ricardian contingent managed to snare front row seating.

The Ricardian contingent (Photograph:  Shayne Parkes)

Jo gave a brief introduction covering the dynastic struggle leading to Richard taking the throne. She explained how he came to be buried at Greyfriars’ Priory after Bosworth and went on to explain that Leicester University had been commissioned by the Richard III Society to undertake the search for and identification of Richard’s remains. She spoke to various photos of the process, and being her specialty, the close examination of the skeleton and the various wounds inflicted on Richard at Bosworth. The search for a DNA match was covered, with John Ashdown-Hill being credited with identifying the Ibsen descent from Anne of York.

Rob Smith thanking Dr Jo Appleby (Photograph:  Shayne Parkes)

Society Vice President and NZ Branch Secretary, Rob Smith, thanked Jo, on behalf of the Society for her talk and her contribution to the project. She in turn publicly thanked the Society for the opportunity “for without the Richard III Society I would not be in NZ!”

A thoroughly entertaining talk, well worth the trip.

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Val Burr

No offence, but I think it was another organisation that was thanked for Jo being there. The lecture was hosted by Massey University’s School of Humanities in association with the British (Arts?) Council – the latter paying for her costs evidently. The vast majority of people there were probably not associated with the RIII Society – as the local Palmerston North media had given the lecture an amazing amount of coverage, and I recognised as locals a great many of those present. The Palmerston North lecture was the only one she did outside of Auckland. That said, it was a fantastic lecture and the comparison between RIII’s vertebrae and a normal one was stunning! One of the most amusing highlights though was when someone (presumably – prob. not spooky) bumped the light switch and the lights turned off, the projector stopped and the screen rolled up – all seemingly by themselves. In reality, my only gripe with this article is that the organisers at Massey University seemed to have been ignored/down-played, while the RIII Society’s involvement appeared to be overstated. I also sat in the very front row for a few seconds, and then decided viewing the screen would be healthier from a little higher up

August 11th, 2013 at 9:51

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