A Shakespeare Connected exhibition in collaboration with Dr Christina Lima, SFHEA, University of Leicester.
With the assistance of Eduardo B. Lima, PhD, Brunel University London.

We are often reminded that Shakespeare was a man of the theatre and did not seem interested in having his plays printed as books. Although this is certainly true, he seems to have been personally involved in the publication of his long poems, which were widely acclaimed and received various reprints during his lifetime. Books were also the most frequent source material he used to create his dramatic plots and characters. He drew inspiration from the classic Roman and Greek writers, from history books, Italian novellas, and a range of other printed material.

In this online exhibition, we look at a variety of images, books, and objects from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust collections that highlight the importance of the material presence of the book in association with Shakespeare’s life and work, from the 16th to the 21st century. This on-line exhibition does not follow a strict chronological order; instead it seeks to tell a story that emphasizes the associations between books and the rhythm of life, as well as their power as symbols of social status, faith, wisdom, and learning.


With thanks to the Museums and Universities Partnership Initiative (an Arts Council funded project).