The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0034  Wednesday, 17 January 2008

From:		Sylvia Morris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Friday, 18 Jan 2008 21:32:57 -0000
Subject:	Reopening of Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

I am pleased to announce that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Library 
and Archive service in Stratford-upon-Avon has reopened.

The SBT holds wide-ranging collections of research material, and over 
the past few months the Shakespeare and Local collections have merged 
into a single reading room with joint staffing, which will strengthen 
the Trust's position as both the most important holder of Shakespeare 
material in the UK and a major resource for the history of Stratford and 
south Warwickshire in their local and national contexts. The Shakespeare 
Collections of the SBT and RSC were awarded Designated status in 2005, 
recognising their national and international importance. This combined 
service is now the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive. Part of the 
SBT's reorganised Learning Department, it is reached via the doors next 
to the visitors' entrance to Shakespeare's Birthplace.

As part of the aim of improving access to the Royal Shakespeare 
Company's archives, all the RSC Theatre Records cuttings volumes are on 
open shelves, and up to date production images of RSC shows are 
available through four workstations as part of the joint RSC/SBT image 
management system.  Video and DVD viewing spaces are included. 2500 
extra volumes of Shakespeare criticism and indexes to the extensive 
collections of Shakespeare-related pictures and playbills are publicly 
available for the first time. Access to electronic resources such as the 
World Shakespeare Bibliography has also been widened.

Opening hours are 10-5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10-7 on 
Wednesday, and 9.30-12.30 on Saturdays. Booking in advance is essential 
for videos and is advised for other materials. For more information see 

We look forward to welcoming readers old and new. There is no charge to 
join and all you have to do is bring some ID such as student card, 
passport or driving licence.

Sylvia Morris
Head of Shakespeare Collections
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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