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William Henry Chippendale (1801-1888)


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. Meet an established Victorian actor.

Norma Hampson
In the Vault Birthplace Visitors

The Wonder of Archives


This post has been written by Robert Howe, a regular reader in the Reading Room who became a volunteer. He has been working on collections relating to early Trust history and has found many connections and surprising things.

Victoria Joynes

Our First Visitors’ Book


We’ve always known that the first entry in the first Visitors’ Book for Shakespeare's Birthplace on 1 July 1812 was written by TH Perkins of Boston, Massachusetts, but further research has added an interesting twist to the tale.

Paul Taylor
Birthplace Visitors