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Who We Are

The Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Trustees were first incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1891, and now carry out their responsibilities under the terms of the Shakespeare Birthplace Act, 1961.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a registered charity, no: 209302.

The objectives of the Trust, as defined by its Act are:

  • To promote in every part of the world the appreciation and study of the plays and other works of William Shakespeare and the general advancement of Shakespearian knowledge
  • To maintain and preserve the Shakespeare properties for the benefit of the nation
  • To provide and maintain for the benefit of the nation a museum and a library of books, manuscripts, records of historic interest, pictures, photographs and objects of antiquity with particular but not exclusive reference to William Shakespeare, his life, works and times

Our vision is to lead the world’s enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times.

Following consultation and with the support of the Charity Commission and professional advisers on 1 September 2017 the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust updated its administrative provisions under a Charity Commission scheme brought into effect by The Charities (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) Order 2017, which was made on 20 July 2017 by Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The scheme modernises the Trust’s governance in line with Charity Commission guidelines and current best practice.  It does not alter the objectives of the Trust. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s governance review was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Board of Trustees

The Trust’s governing body is chaired by Peter Kyle OBE and is made up of up to 12 non salaried Trustees.  

Peter Kyle (Chairman)
John Russell (Vice Chairman)
Nick Abell
Colin Bennett
Ralph Bernard
Lady Cobham
Rebecca Dobbs
Kathy Gee
Ros Haigh
AJ Leon
Lena Cowen Orlin
Carol Chillington Rutter

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