Explore Your Archive Event

Come and explore the stories of conflict through history with the help of objects and documents from our library and archives.

11-14 November 2014

As part of the National Archives 'Explore Your Archive' project we've arranged a series of special events exploring conflict through history with the help of our library and archives.

Tuesday 11 November

10am - 3.30pm, Reading Room

Discover our pop-up exhibition in the Reading Room at the Shakespeare Centre, where our Collections team has assembled a special selection of archive materials, early printed books and museum objects to represent different wars and conflicts including the Spanish Wars, which raged during William Shakespeare’s lifetime, the English Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and the First and Second World Wars.

This will be a unique opportunity to get close to letters and diaries from estate collections, early printed books covering the conflicts that were a source for Shakespeare’s plays and even a seventeenth-century Spanish rapier!

The Reading Room is accessible through the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. For more information please contact scla@shakespeare.org.uk


Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November

Join us in the Conference Room at the Shakespeare Centre for a series of special talks about the First World War, Shakespeare and Stratford using original archive documents and objects.

Thursday 13 November:

  • 10.00am First World War - Harry Fox and Marie Corelli
  • 11.30am The First World War and Shakespeare

Friday 14 November:

  • 10.00am Conflict Through History and the creation of the First World War exhibition at Hall's Croft
  • 11.30am The First World War - stories from the Stratford Herald 

Talks will last for approximately one hour, with refreshments available. For more information and to book please contact scla@shakespeare.org.uk.


For more details of the National Archives project visit the Explore Your Archives website.

Explore Your Archive website