A NEW sculpture of Richard III will be among topics discussed at a meeting next month.

The annual conference organized and sponsored by the Richard III Foundation will take place on October 29 at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, and will look at updating the sculpture at Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire.

English Heritage and the foundation have started a fundraising campaign, the Middleham Appeal, to upgrade and replace the current sculpture, and artist Chas Fagan is working with the foundation on a new design.

The foundation’s honorary patron, historian and actor Robert Hardy said: “In my opinion, the present sculpture, deprived of arms, gives a dangerously wrong impression of Richard III.

“Our ambition is to replace the present sculpture with a statue which would represent a great deal more of the warrior king who perished at Bosworth. He died fighting to the last moment of his life.”