A CHAIR possibly sat on by the Bard himself will be put on display at Shakespeare’s Birthplace following a period of conservation works.
As soon as the two-week period of conservation works at Shakespeare’s Birthplace ends later this month, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Falcon Inn Chair, once believed to have been used by William Shakespeare, as part of a regular programme of updating displays at the Tudor property.
The oak panel-back armchair was once thought to have been used by the playwright who allegedly drank at the Falcon Inn in Bidford where he held his club meetings.
Alongside the Falcon Inn Chair, there will be two refreshed display cases in Shakespeare’s Birthplace, with one case displaying items relating to the story of the Falcon Inn Chair. Items include a drinking vessel thought to have been used by Shakespeare and objects made from crab tree.
The second case will contain souvenirs from the 1800s and 1900s, including a recent acquisition – a Cross made from the oak of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, by John Marshall of Stratford, 1878, displayed for the first time.