Find out more about our current and recent collaborations and research interests.

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Research Partnerships
Research Conversations and Conferences
Scholarships and Awards
How People Learn


Research Partnerships 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is currently collaborating on two research partnerships with The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

Peter Hewitt is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaborative doctoral student. As well as generating new knowledge about the collections through object-based research, he is developing a new 'creative cataloguing' system which will share this knowledge with the public and scholars. He is particularly interested in the connections between early modern texts (specifically Shakespeare) and material culture, and the folkloric and 'magical' qualities of the materials that compose objects. This research was part disseminated through an exhibition in summer 2012, and a workshop for museum professionals, historians and material culture specialists.

David Hopes is a Research Fellow focusing on ways to improve digital access to museum, library and archive collections. Of particular interest is how The Shakespeare Institute and SBT can work together to build on their respective strengths (teaching expertise, Shakespearian knowledge, and the use of collections). He will also be writing a doctorate thesis on the role of artefacts in virtual environments for learning. David has published the findings of a digital access audit of 14 different organisations holding significant Shakespeare collections.


Research Conversations and Conferences

We are always looking for opportunities to engage with academic debate and often facilitate public access to these debates through our public lecture programme. We also organise and host a range of conferences in conjunction with other organisations.

To be kept up to date with details of these types of event, please contact our Education team.

Video Conversations

Since 2009 we have published a seres of video-posts in collaboration with the University of Warwick, incelebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday. The series of short videos cover a range of topics including; 

  • 'Shakespeare Found: The Cobbe Portrait of Shakespeare' (with Stanley Wells) 
  • 'Understanding Shakespeare’s Sonnets' (with Jonathan Bate, Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells) 
  • 'Anonymous: A Shakespeare Authorship Discussion' (with Stanley Wells)

Download these free videos and more through iTunes

You can also view 'Actors' Shakespeare: Judi Dench, Rory Kinnear, Simon Russell Beale and Harriet Walter' on YouTube (with Paul Edmondson, Paul Prescott, Carol Rutter and Stanley Wells, all of whom have been producing essays for The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare on how these actors make Shakespeare work).


Scholarships and Awards

The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship
This annual scholarship of £1,000 is awarded to ‘a worthy Shakespearian currently pursuing a Ph.D. or similar study, who pledges to produce an original, publishable article on a previously approved literary, historical, or biographical topic about William Shakespeare (as opposed to character analysis or authorship studies) from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Library or Archives.’ The application process opens in January and closes in April each year. The successful applicant is notified around Shakespeare’s Birthday (23rd April).

For more information please contact

Jubilee Education Fund
This fund, established in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, provides modest grants to students wishing to undertake research in The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive.

The Jubilee Fund is fully committed for 2015 so is currently closed to new applications.




How People Learn

We believe that to fully engage with Shakespeare requires a range of learning styles and techniques. We are always seeking to innovate our educational offer and encourage all kinds of academic exploration; from experts imparting their knowledge to engaging student groups in conversation and practical workshops. 

In 2005 we launched The Great Shakespeare Debate (in partnership with the English-Speaking Union). This national competition engages with the set Shakespeare texts studied by A-level students. It combines a team-focussed approach to Shakespearian knowledge with the skills of debating. With the support of The CAPITAL Centre, University of Warwick, we have demonstrated that debating Shakespeare can enhances students' academic performance. We also went on to develop a similar project with GCSE students in partnership with the Sandwell and Dudley Local Authorities.

The Great Shakespeare Debate is currently undergoing a refresh, through which we are exploring new ways to broaden its impact and open it up to more pupils than ever before. 

For more information please contact our Education team.