Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Following up on Richard III

In my talk in Toronto on Saturday I mentioned that the economic benefit to Leicester from tourism generated by the Richard III find is estimated as nearing $100 million dollars. Updating that figure is a new report that "Leicester raked in more than 59 million pounds for the city's economy, from the time of the discovery to the reinterment.

Around 4.5 million pounds of this amount was generated during the two weeks of reinterment activities, which ended with the Leicester Glows event on March 27."

59 million pounds is 112 million Canadian dollars. Who says heritage has no economic benefit?

After my talk I was asked how deep Richard III's grave was. According to the book Finding Richard: The Official Account "the base of Richard III's grave was about 4ft 7 in below present ground level."

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