What We Do
What is the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust?
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world.
Together, Shakespeare's five family homes in Stratford upon Avon form an iconic destination in the UK which has been attracting visitors from around the globe for centuries. Today, a tour of these houses takes you on a natural journey through Shakespeare’s life from his birth at the house on Henley Street, to his death at New Place across the town.
At the heart of all things ‘Shakespeare’, the Trust holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open to the public. The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archives also house the Royal Shakespeare Company’s archive and the records for the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area.
We run a world-class programme of formal and informal educational programmes and literary lectures, to encourage the appreciation and study of Shakespeare’s works, and the advancement of Shakespearian knowledge on an international scale.
We welcome some three quarters of a million visitors to Shakespeare's family homes each year, and inspire millions more online through this website, our active blogging communities and digital initiatives.
We hope you will enjoy exploring this web site to discover more about how the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust works to share Shakespeare’s genius with the world.