The Collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are full of treasures - they can be important, beautiful, tantalising, sometimes unique or very rare. They are all fascinating in different ways - explore some of our best treasures below. Some of them can be seen in the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and the Treasures exhibition at Shakespeare's Birthplace and others in the Shakespeare houses or the Library and Archive. Each entry gives details of where the item can be found.

If you want to explore the wider collections please visit our Catalogues.

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  • The First Folio

    The book that saved half of Shakespeare's plays

    Library and Archive

  • The Quiney letter

    The only surviving letter written to William Shakespeare

    Library and Archive

  • Ceremonial Mace c.1475

    A late 15th Century mace made of silver gilt over an iron shaft. Originally used by Stratford-upon-Avon’s Guild of the Holy Cross and later became…

    Treasures Exhibition - Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • David Garrick's Mulberry Wood Medallion

    A medallion presented to David Garrick to commemorate the event which put Stratford-upon-Avon on the map

    Library and Archive

  • Pocket Sundial

    This pocket or ring sundial dates from around c.1600 and is made from brass.

    Library and Archive

  • Sweet Bag

    A beautiful embroidered purse.

    Library and Archive

  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Portrait

    A portrait of William Shakespeare by an unknown artist

    Treasures Exhibition - Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • A ‘Les Sept Âges de L’Homme’ Fan

    A delicate18th century fan, featuring a French translation of the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech from As You Like It

    Library and Archive

  • Playbill for Hamlet

    A playbill for Hamlet, starring David Garrick, 3rd November 1756 .

    Library and Archive

  • Shakespeare's gold signet ring?

    A gold signet ring found near Holy Trinity Church with the initials 'W.S.

    Famous Beyond Words - Shakespeare's Birthplace