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The libraries were founded in the last half of the 19th century and were amalgamated in 1964 when they were housed in the purpose-built Shakespeare Centre.
They hold collections covering all aspects of Will Shakespeare's life, works and times and include original editions of his plays dating from 1623.
Early Printed Books
Some of the earliest printed English books are housed here.
The theatrical history of the Shakespearian canon and development of early theatre in England to the present day. Text and studies of modern drama form a major part of the collections. Also included is the Bram Stoker Collection
The Production Records of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Containing a major part of the Shakespeare Centre collections containing archival records of every RSC production in London, on tour at home and abroad as well as in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Includes manuscripts, programmes, prompt books, music, designs and photographs.
The Thomas F. Holte and Joe Cocks Studio Collections
Fine photographic records of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's and Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon productions from 1852-1991.
Houses important local history collections - printed and manuscript, relating to Stratford-upon-Avon and south Warwickshire.
The Education Department arranges lectures and courses on a wide range of Shakespearian and related subjects for school and student groups. Under the Trust's 'Sharing Shakespeare' scheme, day schools are organised on Shakespeare's plays for school and college groups, comprising talks, workshops, video extracts, and sometimes a theatre visit. The Trust and the Shakespeare Institute collaboratively organise short residential courses, ofa few days or a few weeks in length, for student groups from British and overseas universities. The courses concentrate on the current RSC repertoire and teaching by the Institute and Trust staff is augmented by classes with members of the RSC.
The Library comprises the combined collections ofthe Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It contains over 40,000 books and other items, including maj or theatrical archives, which cover many aspects ofShakespeare's life, work and times and the history of his plays on the stage.
The Records Office is the local history study centre for Stratford and the surrounding area and holds extensive and varied collections of maps, prints, photographs and other documents which illuminate many aspects of English history.
Displays and Informal Talks
Opening Times The Shakespeare Centre Library is open as follows. except at Bank Holidays:
The Records Office is open as follows. except at Bank Holidays:
Enquiries for further information should be addressed to: