The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0034 Wednesday, 17 January 2008
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.
Head of Shakespeare Collections
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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