Yesterday we moved a battlefield about two miles. The Battlefields Trust and Leicestershire County Council announced yesterday that they had found incontrovertible evidence that the battlefield of Bosworth took place about 2 miles from where previously accepted. The evidence included 22 shot from guns ranging in size from a handgun to the size of shot fired by light cannons up to the mid C19th. (This is more than all the others collected from any pre 1600 European battlefields.) There is more work to be done and a conference in County Hall Leicester on 20 Feb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzgHPOWb5Gk This is a quite big news for several reasons:- 1. Its shows where the battlefield was and wasn't! Our understanding of history changes with the evidence. This should be good news for the council and for visitors to Bosworth. 2. The tools developed for finding this battle could help to find other battlefields in the UK and Europe from this era. (Barnet - Northampton - Formigny- Pavia etc) 3. The lead artillery rounds provide new information about the development of artillery. More information here:- http://www.bosworthbattlefield.com/battle/archaeology/battlefield/battlefield_bft.htm I'll declare an interest as a trustee and officer of the Battlefields Trust The story has been run in several papers. Some of these have tried to spin this as a problem, which its not. LCC have built one of the few interpretation centres for any English battlefield. Its good and can stay where it is as a gateway to the battlefield. All it needs are new interpretation boards, paths, parking and a viewing platform. This should all be good news but we need to get 1. better protection for battlefields from treasure hunters. The government promised the Heritage protection Bill - but dropped it from this year' Queen's speech. 2. More money. Public funds are drying up. We need to raise Â£3m for a visitor centre for Naseby. We have lost 500k of the million we had as the Regional funding has gone to prop up banks. 3. A change in attitude to our battlefield heritage. There are ten times as many battlefield interpretation centres in Normandy as in the whole of England. Battlefield heritage is seen as a frivolity along with sport and culture. We should be looking to use our battlefields as the basis for heritage tourism. Investment in battlefield interpretation brings jobs in places that need them. If anyone reading ARRSE wants to get involved with interpretign and preserving battlefields do join the Trust.