“We’re delighted to be working with the University of Birmingham. There are two great Shakespeare libraries in Stratford. One of them is at the Shakespeare Institute and one of them is here and they complement each other very well. We have 55000 volumes relating to Shakespeare’s work, life and times, including about 1000 rare books which he would have seen for sale on Jacobean and Elizabethan bookstalls and which we know he used in order to write the plays. So we can show where Shakespeare came from, where his creativity came from, the material  he was engaged with. You might like to come and design an exhibition based on precious items in the collection. What stories might you tell about Stratford and Shakespeare? Might they become performances in some of the Shakespeare gardens?”

    • Two years ago I was approached by our colleagues and friends at The Shakespeare Institute: would The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust be interested in collaborating on a new MA Programme on Shakespeare and Creativity?
    • One module, for example, is called Shakespeare and Society. Each of the contributing organisations — which also include The Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham Public Library — are making available their collections and spaces and expertise as creative resources for the MA’s students. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is uniquely placed to open up its  own collections from which students might devise a performance piece, installation, exhibition, or — and perhaps most bravely of all — an expression of Civic Shakespeare in a prominent public place.
    • Hope you enjoy finding out more about ‘Shakespeare and Creativity’ by clicking on the link here and watching the video.

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