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Bosworth battle gallery to open

Part of the display
Actual ammunition from the original battle features in the display

A new gallery showcasing objects from a 15th Century battlefield site is opening in Leicestershire.

The display at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre will display artillery and bullets from the actual battle.

It shows how archaeologists found the true location of the conflict, centuries after it happened.

The Battle of Bosworth, fought in August 1485, ended decades of English civil war now known as the Wars of the Roses.

'Amazing finds'

A long-running debate over its true location prompted a £1m, four-year project, led by the Battlefields Trust, to be set up. The new gallery was due to officially open on Thursday.

The interactive display means visitors will be able to see lead roundshot fired from artillery and bullets fired from early handguns.

Roger Wilson, chairman of Leicestershire County Council, said: "This is a state-of-the-art new gallery where visitors can try their hand at the latest techniques used in battlefield archaeology, and where they can see some of the amazing finds from Bosworth's unique collection.

"Key to all of this work and the gallery has been the Heritage Lottery Fund and I am delighted that the county council has been able to work in partnership to bring about this project and showcase Leicestershire's history to the rest of the world."



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