Sharing Shakespeare’s Story is part of the Museums and Schools programme and is funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education. Part of the legacy of the project is the creation of this online exhibition featuring the children’s responses to some of the items in our collections. To view their responses please click on the collection images below, or search for a particular school using the search bar. 

William Shakespeare was an ordinary boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who grew up to do extraordinary things. The children taking part in Sharing Shakespeare’s Story have achieved more than they imagined possible when they started the project. As a teacher said of the experience “It is sowing the seeds for children’s cultural, literary and historical experiences and understanding”

Alston Primary School


Thirty Year 5 children from Alston Primary School, Bordesley Green East in Birmingham became guides for the day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and New Place.  The children shared information with children from their school, as well as visitors from around the world.  The children learnt a lot from the Heritage Interpreters, who worked alongside them.  Throughout this experience the children were all able to “develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, independence”, and “achieve behaviour and standards” of which Alston Primary School can be proud.

This is an extract from Alston Primary School’s  Newsletter: 

The children in Year 5 were wonderful when they guided our pupils on Tuesday 14 February. They delivered historical and cultural information to the public, who were in awe of their confidence and knowledge. The staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust were blown away with our children and described them as ‘outstanding’ amongst other heartfelt comments. As a result of the children’s exemplary efforts, we have been offered to take part in a unique opportunity in London. Some children have been chosen to travel down to the capital and perform!

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