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A Resource for Scholars

Research opportunities, online classes and teaching resources

The archive held at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon is the world's largest collection of Shakespeare related materials that is freely available for students, teachers and academics at all levels. It provides a unique resource for international scholars, theatre practitioners, teachers and creative artists.

  • Over 1 million documents, books and objects that cast light upon Shakespeare and his world, the oldest documents date back to the 12th Century. 
  • Includes 31 of the UNESCO-recognised ‘Shakespeare Documents’ (the handwritten documents referring to Shakespeare which date from within his lifetime) of which only 79 are known to exist anywhere in the world. The Stratford documents include the famous Quiney letter, and the parish registers that contain references to the baptism, marriage and burial records of members of Shakespeare’s family. 
  • We care for three First Folios, many rare books, and translations of Shakespeare’s works into 80 languages. 
  • Over 5,000 individuals have registered to use our library resources, including many US academics, writers, theater practitioners and students. 

We help scholars and enthusiasts from around the world to access our collections through our online catalogue and our blog Finding Shakespeare

We need to conserve our precious collections and make them freely available to researchers. Please help by making a donation today. 

We offer a number of research opportunities and ways to engage with our Collections both in person and online. If you would like to know more about the Leisure Courses, online classes or research opportunities at the Trust, please email us for more information. 

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