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Shakespeare’s Stratford Friends

January - December 2016

The second exhibition visitors can enjoy at Shakespeare’s Birthplace examines William Shakespeare’s social life in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It has been curated especially to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 and to celebrate his legacy. 

A range of unique and priceless objects from our exclusive collections explore his friendships, business relationships and local connections.

Displays feature diary entries and letters written by people who knew Shakespeare, portraits of colleagues and local contemporaries, original Tudor objects and early printed books. A highlight is the rarely displayed Falcon Inn sign. According to popular stories from the 1700s, Shakespeare visited the Falcon at nearby Bidford-on-Avon and even took part in a drinking competition there.

This exhibition space is refreshed regularly so there is always something new to discover. 

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