Local school children to takeover Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Local school children to takeover Shakespeare's Birthplace, 22 November.

29 October 2013

Children from a Stratford-upon-Avon school will be taking over the running of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust where they will take visitors around the house that Shakespeare was born in and give guided tours. Pupils from Bridgetown Primary School will don Tudor uniform to welcome international and local visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace as part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, on 22 November.  The group of 40 will also learn about the merchandise that the charity offers in its book shop, sell tickets to customers, enjoy working amongst the Shakespeare-related archives that the Trust holds and take part in an acting role with Shakespeare Aloud! the charity’s in-house acting troupe.

The event aims to help the group of year six children learn more about the world of work and decision making. Feedback from the event last year suggested that visitors enjoyed seeing children take part. As one lady from New Zealand said she was “overwhelmed by the joy and excitement of seeing these children engage in history and literature and having the opportunity to be required to do dialogue with real people. “

Nicola Hawley, Children’s and Families Heritage Education Officer, said: “We had such positive feedback about the event last year and not just from teachers, but also from the children who told us how much they had loved every aspect of their day. Each child was enthusiastic about the work they had been given to do and we hope this year we will inspire even more future generations to take an interest in the places that are on their doorstep.”

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Notes to editors:
Press release date: 29 October 2013

For more information please contact the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136 or email Nurinder.Mantell@shakespeare.org.uk

For more information on the Children Commissioners’ Takeover Day visit www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover_day

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. Mary Arden’s Farm has a Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.