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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. Situated in the centre of Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, our collections have been Designated as being of international importance

Together these collections allow us to share the story of William Shakespeare, his family, his town, his works and his influence on the world then and now. Some highlights include direct documentary evidence of his 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

You can explore our collections through the displays and exhibitions in the Shakespeare properties, through our dedicated online catalogue and online exhibitions, through our blog Finding Shakespeare, and by visiting our Reading Room. You can also access further information in our useful local history databases.

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