New Line-Up in Treasures Exhibition

A new line-up of items take centre stage at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Treasures exhibition.

13 November 2013

A new line-up of rare and unique Shakespeare related items are on show at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Treasures exhibition including the charity’s latest acquisition – Judith and Holofernes.  The Elizabethan oil on oak panel painting is part of the permanent exhibition at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Delve deeper into the world of Strafford’s favourite son and see the Judith and Holofernes painting which was bought with help from the Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Get a flavour of the type of Tudor art that would have been owned by the newly emerging middle classes of Shakespeare’s day. Learn more about Shakespeare’s Stratford where a map of Warwickshire from the time he was alive is on display.

To coincide with theRoyal Shakespeare Company’s current production of Richard II, pictures of costumes relating to five of the actors who have played the leading role over the past 300 years will be on display. Special editions of Shakespeare’s work including a 1953 illustrated copy of As You Like It by surrealist painter Salvador Dali and a German translation of King John and Richard II can be seen. You can view the first Maori translation of nine Shakespeare sonnets and look at a second edition Folio dating from 1632 which features a dedication by English poet John Milton. Find out more about Shakespeare the man with a document between the playwright and the lawyer William Replingham over an agreement on land. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s copy of the Cobbe portrait is still on display. A copy of theonly portrait of Shakespeare believed to have been painted from life, which was purchased by the Trust three years ago.

Sheila McVey, Access and Interpretation Co-ordinator at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, “Prior to us acquiring the Judith and Holofernes paintingit had been in a private collection in York, so we are delighted that members of the public will be able to see this striking painting for the first time.

“As the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust holds many priceless gems, items need to be rotated around every six months to protect them from light, which gives us the opportunity to display a range of our items. The Treasures exhibition provides a wonderful permanent space for people who will find a varied collection of our archives which they can keep coming back to again and again.”

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Notes to editors:
Press release date: 12 November 2013.

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Pic 1: (above) Judith and Holofernes, which dates from around 1595is on display at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Treasures exhibition until April next year. High res images are available upon request. 

Pic 2: Sheila McVey, Access and Interpretation Co-ordinator, with an illustrated copy of As You Like It by surrealist painter Salvador Dali from 1953. High res images are available upon request.

Entrance to the Treasures exhibition is included in the ticket price for Shakespeare’s Birthplace. For more information on ticket prices visit

Treasures launched in March this year. The second rotation of items opened on 23 October and will run until April 2014.