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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  • Map collected by Captain James Saunders

    Map collected by Captain James Saunders - Stratford antiquarian and military man

    Library and Archive

  • Settlement Records

    Was your ancestor among the wandering poor of late 17th century Stratford-upon-Avon

    Library and Archive

  • Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Medal

    A medallion struck in 1964 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Designed especially for the Trust by artist Paul…

    Library and Archive

  • Plutarch's Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans

    One of Shakespeare's major sources with a fascinating history

    Library and Archive

  • Medicine Chest

    A wooden chest dating from around c.1600 .

    Library and Archive

  • Large Stoneware Jug

    A beautiful household object dating from around c.1550 .

    Library and Archive

  • Commemorative Tankard, 1769

    This carved, mulberry wood tankard with silver handle and lining was made to commemorate a special Jubilee that took place in Stratford-upon-Avon in…

    Library and Archive

  • Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I

    A wax impression of the great seal of Queen Elizabeth I, 1558 – 1603.

    Library and Archive

  • Snuff Box, 1818

    An elaborate snuff box with gold decoration and a portrait of Shakespeare on the lid.

    Treasures Exhibition - Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • Cider Mug, 1824

    A salt-glazed pottery cider mug decorated with Shakespearian characters.

    Famous Beyond Words - Shakespeare's Birthplace