Paperchase to Sponsor Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust announces Paperchase to sponsor Shakespeare Week.

12 March 2014

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced that stationery and design retailer, Paperchase, is to sponsor Shakespeare Week, the national campaign starting next week (17-23 March 2014) to bring Shakespeare’s stories, language and heritage vividly to life for every primary school child in the UK.

Paperchase is inviting children to design Shakespeare-inspired postcards, the winner of which will see their postcard printed and on sale in selected UK Paperchase stores.   The retailer is also sponsoring the Shakespeare charity’s family programme of events for Shakespeare Week in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “We are delighted to welcome Paperchase as one of our lead partners in Shakespeare Week.  Our aim is to give every primary school child in the UK a great first encounter with our national playwright, and encourage them to explore their creative and cultural heritage beyond the classroom, with their families. The support of Paperchase, with a national competition and its strong high street profile, will help us to build public awareness of Shakespeare Week and provide activities for families to continue their Shakespearean adventures.

Joe Irons, Marketing Director at Paperchase said, ‘We are very proud to support Shakespeare Week. Paperchase prides itself on creativity and imagination, two of the qualities at the heart of Shakespeare’s enduring appeal.  We look forward to working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to give a whole new generation the opportunity to be part of something that is embedded in our cultural history.’

More than 2500 schools and 150 organisations have signed up to take part in the first Shakespeare Week.  Primary teachers in their thousands are currently downloading free resources from the Shakespeare Week website and planning fun and creative sessions that will be taking place in classrooms across the UK. From fashion, film-making and finger puppets to making a Tudor banquet and learning about the plague flea, Shakespeare will be cropping up in unusual ways across every school subject.

Children can continue their Shakespearean adventure outside school with a Passport to Shakespeare that will give schools and families exclusive discounts and access to Shakespeare related activities and events during Shakespeare Week and beyond. For a full line-up of happenings, including the Paperchase supported events in Stratford, visit


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Notes to Editors:


Shakespeare Week is supported by public funding from Arts Council England (ACE). The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was awarded £150,000 from the ACE Renaissance Strategic Fund to support the first two Shakespeare Weeks in 2014 and 2015. 

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites, the five Shakespeare family homes 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 regular direct government funding or public subsidy; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, grant funders, volunteers and Friends. For further information visit


Paperchase is the UK’s number 1 shopping spot for exciting and innovative design-led stationery. For over 40 years it has inspired with stylish stationery, unique greeting cards, distinctive gifts as well as quality art and craft materials.

Always ready with fresh and inventive ideas, Paperchase is constantly launching new products with each and every spring summer and autumn winter collection. Many of these are created in-house by a talented team of designers, so ranges are exclusive. Alongside innovation, Paperchase maintains a great variety of essentials too, tried and tested by its loyal customers.

Paperchase is a multichannel retailer offer in-store and online shopping in the UK, EU and USA. There are currently more than 130 Paperchase stores in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany and the Middle East. Products are also stocked in House of Fraser and Selfridges.

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