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Secrets of the Black Prince soon to be revealed

A team of scientists and art historians has been attempting to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the Black Prince’s tomb.

Dr Jessica Barker (University of East Anglia), Emily Pegues (The Courtauld Institute) and Graeme MacArthur (Metals Conservator, The Wallace Collection) spent two days examining the Black Prince’s gilt bronze effigy using a combination of mirrors, torches, prodding and scanning the tomb with a portable X-ray fluorescent machine.

In the short video below, you can find out what they are hoping to discover, the techniques they are using and a little more about the fascinating history of the Black Prince’s tomb – including what the epitaph reveals about this interesting medieval prince.

The findings from their investigation will form the basis of their talk on the Black Prince’s effigy during the second day of our Black Prince conference on Friday 17 November. To find out more about the Black Prince conference click here or to book tickets visit Eventbrite.

In the build up to the conference there will also be a free Young Futures Conference on Wednesday 15 November for 16-25 year olds. You can book tickets for that here.

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