September 6th, 2016

Volunteers needed to bring Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to life

Volunteers needed to bring Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to life Volunteers needed to bring Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to life

PEOPLE are being offered the chance to play their part when Shakespeare’s Schoolroom opens to the public next April.

Volunteers are needed of all ages to play their role in bringing the building where the young Bard was educated to life.

Lincoln Clarke, project lead for Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, said: “The restoration of this incredible building began in July 2015 and we are now at the stage where we can really start to get a sense of our completed project, with the aura of the building’s history palpable.

“Our next step is to welcome people of all ages who would like to become volunteers, with a wealth of varied opportunities available.

“For example, we want those at secondary schools to join us as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, there will be the chance to assist on the development and delivery of temporary exhibitions and we’ll be looking for those who want to be a part of the front of house experience.

“All the roles will enable volunteers to draw upon their own areas of expertise and interest, as well as presenting ways of learning new skills.”

Volunteer open sessions will take place at King Edward VI School, on Tuesday January 12 and Thursday January 21 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. There will be a talk at 6pm on each evening to give details of the roles available, with members of the project team on hand to answer questions and give an insight into the project.

The much-anticipated opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall will take place in April – 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, giving access to where and how he spent his early school days, a period of his life which was to set him on his path to becoming the world’s most famous playwright.

The £1.4million restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has made the ambitious vision of the trustees of KES possible.

The heritage attraction is set to feature interactive displays, films and a Tudor classroom recreating school life during Shakespeare’s day.

It will also explore the building’s role as a medieval provincial Guildhall, where it sat at the heart of the town’s civic governance and life for over 400 years.

Email guildhallrecruitment@kes.net for more information or to register interest in attending one of the volunteer open sessions.

Visit www.shakespeareschoolroom.org to find out more about Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall.

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