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Another chance to explore Shakespeare and his World

Last year we launched our MOOC "Shakespeare and His World" in partnership with the University of Warwick. We are running this free course for a third time.

Jennifer Reid

Last year we launched our successful MOOC 'Shakespeare and His World' in partnership with the University of Warwick. If you missed out, do not fear! We are running this free course for a third time starting on 5th October 2015.

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This striking ornamental Staff top of spear head features in week five

Headed up by Professor Jonathan Bate, 'Shakespeare and His World' is an exploration of the life, works and times of William Shakespeare. Each week focuses on a particular play, and uses this to explore an element of Elizabethan society with the world class collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at its core. It's a chance to see some rarely seen objects from our collections as well as behind the scenes glimpses into where we care for these artefacts.

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Our beautiful Iznik dish features in week seven of Shakespeare and his World

Once again I will be joining Jonathan as mentor on the course, and each week you will have the chance to ask us questions that have come up during the week both in the discussion boards and in our weekly round up videos. In 2014 over 30,000 people from as far away as Australia and the Antarctic joined us on the course, so it really is an international group joining in the discussions!

There is still time to sign up for this free course. Although the course lasts for ten weeks, once you have signed up you can complete it in your own time, as the content will stay available beyond the ten weeks.  To get a taste of what you might see and learn, check out other posts in this series.