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The world's largest collection of Shakespeare related material accessible by the public

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust cares for over 1 million museum, library and archive items in our collections, situated in the centre of Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Access the collection

You can explore our collections through our online catalogue and online exhibitions, or see them yourself by visiting our Reading Room or the displays and exhibitions in Shakespeare's family homes. Find out more about the objects and how we care for them on our blog and access further information in our local history databases.

Our collections have been designated as being of international importance (PDF download). Through them we share the whole story of William Shakespeare; his family, his town, his works and his influence on the world. 

Some of the highlights of our collections include direct documentary evidence of Shakespeare's life, including his baptism and burial recorded in the Holy Trinity Parish Register, copies of the First Folio of his complete works, and a signet ring believed to have belonged to him. We also care for the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which includes images, prompt books, recordings, and printed material relating to the Company and its productions since its foundation. To find out more about the content of our collection, visit our online catalogue.

Donating items to our collection

Read our guidance for potential donors to learn more about our collecting policy and find answers to frequently asked questions relating to donating items to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust collections.

We also welcome financial donations that help us to care for our collections and support the reading room.

Support our collections

Make a Donation

Access our collections online

Online Catalogue

Access our library & archive

Visit the Reading Room
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