Presentation and Discussion of Primary Sources on Key Topics

Sponsored by the Richard III Society

This annual online conference is provided at the request of teachers and is aimed at sixth formers who are studying a 15th century module as part of their History A level.

To register please send an email from your school address to me at

I shall send an invoice by return.

We expect up to thirty schools to register but have capacity for many more via Zoom.

Iain Farrell

Education Officer

Richard III Society

Wars of the Roses

Teacher comments after the March 2023 conference

Just wanted to say we’re having a great morning and looking forward to the next session.

As a teacher, just wanted to say thank you very much for organising the WotR conference. In addition, please do pass on my thanks to all the speakers for their very interesting talks,

Outstanding talks that the students are finding very useful and engaging.

Absolutely brilliant.

My students really enjoyed it and it was most useful for their revision. 

My students thoroughly enjoyed it and liked the fact the talks were short and sharp.

Many thanks for the excellent conference on Wednesday.

Thank you, the RIII Society and massive thank you to all the speakers, what a fabulous day!

Thank you for an outstanding conference – my Upper Sixth loved it.

From the parent of a student logging in from home: thank you very much for letting [N.]  join the conference on Wednesday. He really enjoyed it and told us about the sessions with great enthusiasm.

Feedback from Speakers

The conference seemed to go very well, congratulations on the organisation.

Really enjoyed speaking at the conference. Thanks for a thoroughly interesting and engaging discussion!

I’d be happy to involved in similar events in future. 

From a professional archivist observing the conference

It was an excellent conference and I especially enjoyed the use of archival material as the spur for discussion and the unfolding of the wider narrative. Please convey my thanks to all concerned. It was exceptionally well organised.

Teachers’ comments after the June 2022 conference.

‘I would certainly participate again if it was offered with the next Year 12 cohort.’ 

‘Good range of topics. Always good to have the key players covered.’

‘Please can I pass on my thanks for an excellent online education day today. The lectures were all stimulating, relevant and beneficial and my 40 students got an enormous amount out of the day as a whole.’

‘They [the speakers] were excellent. A really good mix representing the key people/ aspects of the course. ‘

‘The focus on personalities worked well. The Wars of the Roses in an era of personal monarchy suits this approach and matches with how I teach it.’

All really engaging and well-structured and organised.’

‘It went really well and had a great impact on the students. They [the students] were impressed by the level of knowledge shown by the speakers, they felt privileged to be in their company.

A fabulous set of speakers.’

‘It was hugely beneficial for our students and a very enjoyable day all round for students and staff alike. We would certainly wish to take part in the future and appreciated it being online for both costs and organisational reasons.’

‘We really enjoyed it and the sources were absolutely fantastic, it has really set a number of the students up ready for their coursework.’

‘The focus on source work was particularly beneficial. We look forward to next year’s event!’

Speakers’ comments.

‘I think it went brilliantly.’

‘It was a pleasure to be involved, and I’d be more than happy to assist at any future events ‘

‘It felt like a great success.

‘I enjoyed myself immensely, and I thought it was all brilliantly organised; ‘

‘I’m sure I’d be willing to take part in a future event.’

‘Very happy to consider doing something again in the future.’