Papers and artifacts of Richard II found by National Portrait Gallery archivist

Krzysztof Adamiec, the assistant archivist at the National Portrait Gallery, was given the assignment of cataloguing the papers of the Gallery’s first Director Sir George Scharf when he discovered something amazing: fragments and artifacts from the tomb of King Richard II.

The monarch's tomb in Westminster Abbey was opened in 1871, allowing researchers to document contents of the coffin, and, aparently, remove some objects. The notes, sketches and artifacts were found in a cigar box among Director Scharf's papers. The box contained fragments of wood, some fabric, sketches of the king's remains, and a piece of leather that was probably part of a glove.