Ceremonial maces have been used for hundreds of years by royal and civic institutions. The Corporation of Straford-upon-Avon owned four maces of which two survive in the collection of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
In the "Shakespeare and His World" MOOC, explore artefacts such as a portrait of the dramatist Francis Beaumont and the Quiney Letter that help learners gain insights into William Shakespeare's plays, their chronological context, and the great Bard's lega
Several authors have made trips to Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon and have visited his grave. The only actual record of someone doing so, apart from signatures, however, is a painting depicting Sir Walter Scott's second visit to Stratford
Norma Hampson is a long-standing volunteer at the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive, and has written this blog to share details from her current project: listing visitors from the early Birthplace visitor books, including one Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
In honour of Thanksgiving, we're highlighting an early Stratford-upon-Avon connection with America: specifically, the very first visitor recorded in July of the oldest surviving visitors’ book in our collection was TH Perkins of Boston, Massachusetts.