Shakespeare's Treasures



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.

April - October 2014

In the latest display in the Treasures Exhibition we're celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the opening of the Shakespeare Centre, next to Shakespeare's Birthplace on Henley Street.

Join us as we step back in time to the 1960s and the time when the Shakespeare Centre was constructed and opened to the public. 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.

  • telegram giving apologies for Jacqueline Kennedy who could not attend the Centre opening celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon in the wake of her husband’s assassination.
  • Engraved plaque of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘In Praise of William Shakespeare’ presented by the Calcutta Art Society to the SBT in 1964
  • A letter from the White House (President Lyndon Johnson) and a photograph of director Levi Fox with the President.
  • LIFE magazine featuring Richard Burton as Hamlet in 1964
  • An original full-size chalk sketch by John Hutton for the ‘Bottom’ etched window at the Centre
  • A screen printed textile panel of Tibor Reichs ‘Age of Kings’, designed to decorate the Shakespeare Centre

Find out more about our collections

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.