About the Trust


During the quincentenary celebrations of Richard III’s reign, the Richard III Society established a Trust with charitable status to take over much of the Society’s academic publishing and some of its research activities. It is a separate entity from the Society but retains close links with its parent body which appoints the majority of the nine trustees.

The Richard III and Yorkist History Trust was formally constituted in October 1985 in order to ‘further education, learning, and research related to the history of late medieval England (and in particular the life and reign of King Richard III) and to disseminate the results of such education, learning and research’. It was recognised by the Charity Commissioners and registered as charity number 327005 in February 1986. The Trustees’ principal duties are to commission new publications and see them through to publication, and to assess applications from scholars and publishers for financial assistance towards their own research and the expenses of publication.


  • Prof. C.M. Barron
  • Prof. J. Boffey
  • Dr. Heather Falvey
  • Dr. Joanna Laynesmith
  • Dr. Lynda J. Pidgeon Chairman of the Trust
  • Dr. James Ross
  • Dr. Christian Steer
  • Dr. A.F. Sutton
  • Dr. C.Th.L Visser-Fuchs

Mrs Gretel Jones

WEBMASTER: Amanda Geary

Activities of the Trust

Research Grants for Advanced Research 

The Trust annually offers grants of up to £5,000 to facilitate research and leading to the completion of editions of texts or leading to the completion of scholarly monographs relating to the political, cultural, religious, economic and/or social history of England in the fifteenth century, with preference given to projects focused on the Yorkist period (1461-1485). The projects thus sponsored could be published by the Trust in its established series. More information.

Research Monograph Series

●  The Trust has a Monograph Series, designed mainly to publish some of the many recent theses dealing with topics relating to the periods of history of interest to the Trust.     More information.

Quality, relevance and the needs of the applicant will be taken into account when assessing applications.


The Trust takes the privacy and personal data of grant applicants seriously. For our privacy policy see LINK

Contact  us

All current Trust publications are available from the Trust’s publisher Paul Watkins Ltd/ Shaun Tyas Ltd

Address, 1 High Street, Donington, Lincolnshire, PE11 4TA, telephone +44 (0) 1775 821542, email: pwatkins@pwatkinspublishing.fsnet.co.uk

  They are also available from

the Richard  III Society Shop.

copyright 2013: The Richard III And Yorkist History Trust, Charity no. 327005

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