A New Look at New Place


Draft designs for New Place development

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has drafted proposals of our plans to reinvigorate New Place, and held a number of public consultations through June and July to give everyone with an interest in this unique heritage site the chance to have their say.

Mark Armstrong, Head of Major Projects said, “We have exciting plans to revitalise New Place and bring to life the story of this wonderful site with many layers of cultural heritage and Stratford-upon-Avon’s history.  Our aim is to create an exceptional space which would open in 2016 as a lasting legacy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  We want to involve all parts of the Stratford community - and everyone with an interest in this important site at the heart of our town – in helping us shape the future of New Place.”

Initial design concepts include a ghost-like structure on the footprint of Shakespeare’s home to create a real sense of arrival at the place where the world’s best known playwright lived and wrote at the height of his powers; the restoration of the Knot Garden and the transformation of the Great Garden with contemporary planting and space for informal entertainment and performance; and the conservation and enhancement of Nash’s House to provide an exhibition centre which will tell the story of Shakespeare, the man, and his life in Stratford.

At two community consultations held at Nash’s House in Stratford-upon-Avon, members of the public were given the opportunity to view outline proposals, talk to our team and give their feedback. There were also separate briefings for Stratford’s business community, and academic and special interest groups. Each of the events included presentations from senior members of the New Place project team.