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Interim Tomb for Richard III

As the campaign to get King Richard III's remains buried in York continues, the city's Richard III Museum has installed its own 'interim tomb' for the controversial monarch.

Since the bones of England's last Yorkist King were discovered in Leicester earlier this year, a vigorous debate has raged about whether they should be reinterred in Leicester or York.

Mike Bennett, owner of the Richard III Museum, in Monk Bar, said: "Whether or not Richard eventually comes back home to York, we now have an 'interim tomb' for visitors to see."

The new tomb display tells the story of the dig and shows how the skeleton was analysed by experts from the University of Leicester.

Mike said: "Interest in Richard III among visitors has certainly reached a high point in the 20 years since the museum opened, thanks to the discovery in Leicester. Although we have always argued he should e returned to York for reburial, we are delighted by the way the Leicester dig has reignited interest in this period of English history."

The Richard III Museum opened in May 1993 and invites visitors to decide for themselves whether King Richard is guilty of murdering his two nephews, the so-called 'Princes in the Tower'.

It is housed in Monk Bar, on the City Walls. The top floor of Monk Bar, where the 'interim tomb' now stands, was added by King Richard himself in 1484.
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