STORIES surrounding the centuries-old Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall can be explored via a brand-new website.
The doors of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall have been closed since the start of the pandemic but, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, there is now a new website in place highlighting its 600-year past. The working life of the building from the 15th century is explored, taking in its various rooms including the counting house, priests’ chapel, court of record, Tudor schoolroom and Georgian classroom.
A series of Tudor costumes have also been commissioned, to be worn by the school master and volunteer guides to help bring to life the experience.
Manager Lindsey Armstrong said: “The unprecedented situation created by the pandemic has placed Shakespeare’s Schoolroom in a vulnerable position. We are an internationally important heritage building, but our team is small and the challenges have been immense.
“Despite this, I am so pleased to be able to say that, thanks to emergency funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Culture Recovery Fund, we have been able to take some positive steps forward and our plans are now progressing towards a summer reopening.
“Like so many cultural organisations, visitors are our lifeline and we hope that for all attractions and businesses in Stratford that it won’t be too long before the town is able to be the must-visit destination it has always been.”
The team is also inviting future visitors to become ‘scholars’ as part of a new membership scheme to help safeguard the future of the historic venue.
Visit shakespearesschoolroom.org for more information.