The Collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are full of treasures - they can be important, beautiful, tantalising, sometimes unique or very rare. They are all fascinating in different ways - explore some of our best treasures below. Some of them can be seen in the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and the Treasures exhibition at Shakespeare's Birthplace and others in the Shakespeare houses or the Library and Archive. Each entry gives details of where the item can be found.

If you want to explore the wider collections please visit our Catalogues.

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  • Engraved Glass Vase

    A large, blown-glass vase was made by the Whitefriars Glass Company in the early 1960s and engraved by artist John Hutton.

    Library and Archive

  • The Works of Shakespeare, Collins Clear Type Press 1916

    This copy of The Works of Shakespeare was purchased from a special fund set up upon the death of British Field Marshal Lord Kitchener in 1916.

    World War I Exhibition - Hall's Croft

  • Playbill for Hamlet

    A playbill for Hamlet, starring David Garrick, 3rd November 1756 .

    Library and Archive

  • Shakespeare's gold signet ring?

    A gold signet ring found near Holy Trinity Church with the initials 'W.S.

    Famous Beyond Words - Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • The Hathaway Bed

    Carved bedstead with Hathaway family connections

    Anne Hathaway's

  • Tagore Plaque

    An ivory tablet engraved with a poem written in 1916 in Begali, for the Tercentenary of Shakespeare's death, by the great Indian poet Rabindranath…

    Library and Archive

  • A Posy Trencher, late 1500s

    One of a set of twelve posy trenchers in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Collections. Inscribed: ‘Who in the life, of his soule doth delight his…

    Library and Archive

  • Chrismatory with three oil bottles, c. 1500

    A chrismatory designed to hold the three oils blessed by a bishop on Holy Thursday.

    Library and Archive

  • Judith and Holofernes, oil on board, c. 1575

    A rare example of popular art from Shakespeare’s time. In the Anglo-Netherlandish style of the late C16.

    Library and Archive

  • The Courting Chair

    Did Shakespeare court Anne Hathaway on this chair

    Anne Hathaway's