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Help us conserve the Pall Mall monument

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.

In 1870 this enormous monument depicting William Shakespeare seated between two female figures representing the Dramatic Muse and the Genius of Painting, arrived in the Great Garden at New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

It was originally commissioned by John Boydell, a wealthy publisher, and was made by the English sculptor Thomas Banks RA.  Boydell was the founder of The Shakespeare Gallery at 52 Pall Mall in London.  He commissioned artworks relating to Shakespeare for display in the gallery.  This relief carving graced the front of the gallery, which opened in 1789 and was a great fashionable attraction. After Boydell’s death in 1805, the building was sold and had several occupants until eventually the carving was removed.  It was purchased by Charles Holte Bracebridge for £75 and transported to Stratford-upon-Avon by train.  Read more about it on our blog

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The Shakespeare Gallery, 52 Pall Mall London circa 1804
The Shakespeare Gallery at 52 Pall Mall, London circa 1804


The Pall Mall monument appeal 

Now, after more than 200 years of exposure to the elements, the monument is starting to show signs of damage. Some cracks have appeared, a number of fingers are missing from the figures, and parts of the plinth are crumbling.

We need to act now, before permanent harm is done, and conserve this magnificent tribute to William Shakespeare, here on the site of his former home.

Working with Historic England and experienced heritage stone masons, we have a plan to carry out the essential repairs, reinforce the joints to retain the strength of the statue for the future, and carefully clean it by hand to return it to its original splendour. The repair bill for this highly specialist and delicate work will total £30,000

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Can you help us?

£15 could help with the delicate task of removing two centuries of grime from Shakespeare and the Muses

£30 could help repair damage to the canopy which keeps the worst of the weather off the statue

£50 could help replace the bronze strings of the lute held by the Dramatic Muse

£100 could help with the expert carving of new sections out of Portland Stone to replace those which have worn or broken away 


It would be wonderful to ensure that this Grade II* Listed monument is preserved for the future and to tell its remarkable journey from 18th-century Pall Mall to the Great Garden at New Place.

This is just an example of the many ways we rely on generous donations to help protect our precious places, for you and for generations to come. Thank you for your support.

 

Come and see the monument

Take time to see this unusual tribute to Shakespeare.  You will find it at the bottom of the Great Garden at New Place, included with your entry ticket.

 If you live in CV37, you can obtain a FREE community card*, giving you access to New Place and the gardens.

*Show proof of your CV37 address at any of Shakespeare’s houses to obtain your free pass.

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