The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. Based in the playwright’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Trust offers a unique Shakespeare centred experience with outstanding archive and library collections, inspiring educational and literary event programmes and five wonderful houses all directly relating to Shakespeare.
As an educational charity, the Trust hosts hundreds of school groups from across the UK and overseas every year. It also runs formal and informal education events for all ages, including a range of educational opportunities at Key Stages two, three, four and five.
We believe that Shakespeare is for all time and for everyone. We work to engage the hearts and minds of all our learners to enhance their understanding of Shakespeare’s works on the page and in performance. Through expert guidance and direct use of our world-class collections, we provide an exceptionally rich learning environment in which individuals can make discoveries and associations of their own. Our experienced practitioners believe that education is inspired by conversation and curiosity and their dynamic approach and expertise enable them to tailor learning to different needs and interests.
The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014, and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016 will bring fresh opportunities to inspire the next generation of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Over the next three years, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is developing a series of flagship programmes providing opportunities for lifelong engagement with Shakespeare. These will include a brand new cultural and learning campaign to bring Shakespeare’s stories, language and heritage vividly to life for every primary school child in the UK. Having started in 2014, Shakespeare Week is set to become an annual calendar event which celebrates Shakespeare’s creative influence in schools, museums, theatres, galleries, libraries and historic places nationwide.