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2nd Jul, 2022

Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust to mark heritage weekend with free exhibition

TRAVEL is the focus of a pop-up exhibition at the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust to mark Heritage Open Days

The display at the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street – which will open its doors for free on September 9 and 10, from 10am to 4pm – will include travel books from Shakespeare’s day, 18th and 19th century travel diaries, translations of Shakespeare plays, and other original items.

Visitors can explore how the Bard used foreign settings in his plays, discover the story of 18th century traveller Thomas Coryate and see a passport from Tsar Alexander.

Free activities will entertain younger guests including the replica Tudor market, fancy dress, and crafting.

Trust spokeswoman Madeleine Cox said: “Heritage Open Days are a once-a-year chance to explore the hidden treasures of the town’s heritage for free, and get a real sense of the beautiful collections and wonderful history available on your doorstep. Many visitors are unaware of the vast collections and rich history that lie behind the doors of the Shakespeare Centre.

“This year we’re looking forward to showcasing some of the travel-related pieces which are not often on display. You’ll also get to meet our staff and volunteers who care for the precious collections, and learn more about how you can access our services.”

Visitors can also enjoy free entry into Harvard House – the Elizabethan town house built by wealthy merchant Thomas Rogers – and learn about its connection with Harvard University in America.

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more details.

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