About the Museums Department

The Museums Department is responsible for the care and display of all the historic museum items owned by the ShakespeareBirthplace Trust. Much of the collection is on display in the Trust's Shakespeare Houses. Items from the collection also feature inpermanent and temporary exhibitions in the Shakespeare Centre and Visitors' Centre.

Collecting Policy

We principally collect items that relate to Shakespeare, his life and times. This area of collection encompasses a wide range ofmaterial:

  • souvenirs and other 'Shakespeariana'
  • art which celebrates Shakespeare and his work
  • domestic furniture and furnishings contemporary with Shakespeare and his family

Local History is the other main area of collecting:

  • local archaeology
  • items that represent the social and economic life of Stratford-upon-Avon

We also have a special collection of pewter, dating from Roman times until the present day.

Offers to the Trust of items of Shakespeare-related material or items of historical interest, in particular from the Stratford-upon-Avonarea of Warwickshire, are always gratefully received. If an item duplicates material already in the collection, is in a poor condition, oris not the type of material we collect, then we may not be able to accept the offer, but might be able to suggest an alternativeinstitution.


The Trust has a Museums Conservation Department based at Mary Arden's House which provides advice and undertakes specialist treatments when necessary.


We welcome enquiries from the public on any aspect of our collection. We are happy to provide an identification service to the public, but request that an appointment be made in advance. We cannot provide valuations.

Photographic Services

Photographs of items in the museum collection can be supplied. Please click here for a printable photographic price list, a list of reproduction charges (for publicationpurposes), terms and conditions and order forms.

24 Hour Museum
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