World War I Exhibition

Soldiers on Bridge St, Stratford-upon-Avon

Soldiers line Bridge Street in Stratford-upon-Avon


"Cry Havoc! and Let Slip the Dogs of War"

With the centenary of the beginning of the First World War taking place in 2014, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents a brand new exhibition at Hall’s Croft to commemorate the occasion. 

The Local History Collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust provide an insight into the experiences of Stratford people during the war years, both on the home front and abroad, while the Designated Shakespeare Collections contain a wealth of information on Shakespeare’s writing on topics such as war, loss, courage and survival, and his understanding of human emotion.  

With this new exhibition, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust aims to show the impact of war on Stratford-upon-Avon and its residents by bringing together these collections and displaying items relating to the First World War and Stratford next to the wartime words of its most prominent local resident, William Shakespeare. We examine the experiences of soldiers, nurses and people on the home front, and how the language of Shakespeare was used at that time. 

This exhibition provides an ideal opportunity to share this heritage for the first time with the local community, displaying many items that have rarely been seen before.