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The Shakespeare’s Treasures Exhibition is housed within the Shakespeare Centre, where visitors to the Birthplace can discover a range of unique and priceless objects from our exclusive collections.
The exhibit is refreshed every 6 months to provide the public with as much access as possible to our diverse collection of books, documents and other objects associated with Shakespeare’s work, life and times.
Several portraits of Shakespeare, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s copy of the Cobbe portrait, the only portrait of Shakespeare believed to have been painted from life, will remain on permanent display alongside the changing exhibitions.
October 2013 – April 2014
The second exhibition to be displayed in the Treasures Room includes some of the following highlights:
- Salvador Dali illustrated edition of As You Like It (1953)
- Shakespeare’s Second Folio (1632), featuring a dedication by John Milton
- The costume design for Michael Redgrave’s 1951 performance of Richard II (From the collection of the Royal Shakespeare Company)
- A written agreement between Shakespeare and the lawyer William Replingham
- Judith and Holofernes (mid-1500s),a rare example of the kind of artwork owned by the newly emerging middle classes.
Judith and Holofernes is one of the Trust’s latest acquisitions, purchased with the support of the Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Alongside these treasures, a number of early modern objects including a bishop’s gold ring and a seal from Stratford’s Guild of the Holy Cross provide an insight into Shakespeare’s lifetime.
Entry to the exhibition is included as part of entry to the Birthplace. Visitors can access this exhibition space via the steps in the garden and through the Marble Hall (cafe).
Normal opening times and admission prices apply.
From 1 April our Treasures exhibition will look back 50 years to 1964 and the construction of the Shakespeare Centre. Including footage of the opening ceremony attended by Prince Phillip, as well as rarely seen sketches and documentation of the interiors by major mid-century designers and artists.