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Update on Reader Services - 18 November 2020

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce the limited reopening of its Reader Services following its temporary suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

We are now offering some reader services which will be handled remotely through an online enquiries service.  

Please bear with us as we work through the large backlog of enquiries.


The Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street remains closed to visitors in line with Government guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The decision to close our doors and play our part in containing the virus has posed a significant financial challenge for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Unfortunately we are faced with complex issues in regard to access to the Shakespeare Centre which prevents us from meeting COVID-safe guidelines at the moment. 

For new enquiries, please email [email protected] and a member of the team will respond as soon as they possibly can. Alternatively, you may also browse our online catalogue

We will make further announcements regarding Reader Services in due course. 

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