RICHARD III fans have the chance to handle artefacts such as the famous Middleham Jewel at the Yorkshire Museum.

The museum has organised an after-hours, exclusive event entitled Unique in York: Richard III on September 24, from 5pm-7pm.

Guests will be allowed to handle some of the most iconic objects currently on display as part of the Richard III: King & County exhibition, while enjoying champagne, canapés and a curator’s talk by curator of archaeology, Natalie McCaul.

The Middleham Jewel is a gold pendant with beautiful sapphire adornment which was discovered at Middleham Castle – childhood home of York’s favourite king – and may even have belonged to his mother. It was bought by the museum for £2.5 million in 1991.

Guests will also have the opportunity to handle York and Middleham boar badges – originally worn by supporters of Richard III – and to own their own piece of history by bidding in the silent auction for the unique replica 18-carat gold boar badge which was commissioned by the Yorkshire Museum and created by jeweller Charmian Ottoway.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £50 per person by phoning 01904 650333.