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The must-see collection items displayed at Shakespeare's New Place

SBT Portrait

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Portrait

This portrait (that can be seen in the New Place Exhibition Centre) is a copy of the Cobbe Portrait and was painted by an unknown artist around 1615. Purchased in 2010 by the Trust, it was previously part of the collections of 1st Earl of Ellenborough and was independently identified as William Shakespeare at that time. For this reason, this portrait was formally referred to as ‘The Ellenborough Portrait’.

You can find this item in the New Place Exhibitions Centre.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 2010-12 – The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Portrait


Signet ring

Signet Ring

This signet ring is one of the prize possessions of the Trust. Signet rings were used to impress someone’s symbol, such as a monogram or family coat of arms, into warm wax to create seals. This one was unearthed in a field next to Holy Trinity Church in Stratford in 1810 and dates somewhere between 1590 and 1610. The ‘WS’ monogram has led to much speculation that this might have actually belonged to William Shakespeare, but of course this remains unconfirmed.

You can find this item in the New Place Exhibitions Centre.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1868-3/274 – Signet Ring


Swept-hilt Rapier

Swept-hilt Rapier

From the 1540s to around the time of Shakespeare’s death, the rapier was seen as the height of sophistication and an important part of a gentleman’s costume. As a result, it was quite normal for rapier hilt’s to be elaborate and decorated such as this one which is made of silver and steel.

You can find this item in the New Place Exhibitions Centre.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1993-28 – Swept-hilt Rapier


Sculpture of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Greg Wyatt_Square

Midsummer Night's Dream by Greg Wyatt

In the Great Garden at New Place, you can find an array of stunning bronze sculptures by Greg Wyatt. Created in 2005, this sculpture inspired by A Midsummers Night’s Dream is the fifth of the series and embodies the mysterious elements and imagination of the play.

You can find this item in the Great Garden.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue:  2005-9 – Midsummer Night’s Dream by Greg Wyatt


wooden doll

Wooden Doll

This wooden doll, possibly from the 1600s, is of German, Dutch, or French origins, and is now in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust collection. The doll is carved out of walnut and depicts a female figure with her hands clasped. Though it is uncertain whether the doll in the Trust’s collection is definitely a child’s toy, it is clear from evidence of the period that children did have entertainments similar to this little figure.

You can find this item in the New Place Exhibitions Centre.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1996-43 – Wooden Doll

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