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Conservation Appeal

Your donation of any amount today can help to conserve the priceless Shakespearian heritage in our care so that people can continue to learn, enjoy and be inspired by it.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has the privilege and the responsibility of caring for the world's most significant Shakespeare museum, centred around the house in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare was born in 1564, the site where he died in 1616, and three more historic homes lived in by his mother, his wife and his daughter.  The collection includes over one million historic documents, books and objects.  Nowhere else in the world is it possible to come so close to one of the most influential figures from our history. 

We are entrusted to keep these special places safe and accessible to all, so people can continue to discover and be inspired by William Shakespeare's life and times.  However, we can only carry out this important work thanks to our caring friends and supporters.

Conservation Cleaning

We have a continual programme of care for the Shakespeare Family Homes, not only to keep them looking beautiful, but also to protect them.  This winter, Shakespeare's Birthplace is being deep-cleaned and repainted room by room.  Your donation of £15 could help provide special durable heritage paint, carefully colour-matched to the original.

Mrs Garrick's Shoes

These beautiful silk and leather shoes belonged to Eva, wife of the actor David Garrick.  We aim to display them in an exhibition in 2019 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Garrick Jubilee in Stratford-upon-Avon.  However, the shoes are now desperately fragile.  Your donation of £40 could help towards their conservation.  Read more on the blog.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

The long, hot summer in 2018 caused timbers to shrink in the Cottage.  This has caused the window frames to move and put the window panes under stress, cracking the glass.  A donation of £75 could replace a pane and repair the lead surround.

These are a just a few examples of the many ways we rely on generous donations to help protect these precious places and objects. Please help with a donation today.

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