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Keeping History Alive

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

On 23 April 1564, William Shakespeare was born in a humble cottage in the tiny provincial town of Stratford-upon-Avon. He grew up to become not only one of the greatest writers, but one of the most famous people of all time.

So famous, that the weekend in April when we celebrated his 455th birthday, 2,180 people came to visit his birthplace and his last home in Stratford-upon-Avon

That’s more people than lived in the whole of Stratford in Shakespeare’s time

We want to make sure we can always welcome people, but the fragile ancient buildings in our care need a constant programme of maintenance and repair to keep them open. However, we can only carry out this important work thanks to our caring friends and supporters.

Please help us by donating today

Floorboards at Shakespeare's Birthplace
Floorboards at Shakespeare's Birthplace

Help us repair the floors you stand on

We have a continual programme of care for Shakespeare's family homes, not only to keep them looking beautiful, but also to protect them.

Floor boards, stone floors and stairs become severely worn with over 1,743,000 feet walking over our floors during one year. We need to maintain, repair, and in some instances, replace floors that are in constant use.  

Can you help us? £15 can help us with our essential maintenance and repairs.

Looking through our windows

The long, hot summer in 2018 caused timbers to shrink at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. This has caused the window frames to move and placed the window panes under stress, cracking the glass.  

A donation of £75 could replace a pane and repair the lead surround.

Windows in need of repair at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway's Cottage windows

Shakespeare's Birthday Appeal

These are a just a few examples of the many ways we rely on generous donations to help protect these precious places, for you and for generations to come. Thank you for your support.

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