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”

Hawthorn Primary School


In November, thirty Year 6 children from Hawthorn Primary School in Birmingham, joined the Shakespeare Birthplace team and became guides for the day.  They guided in the Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place and entertained both local and international visitors, as well as children from their school. Hawthorn Primary School works hard to “build pupil’s self-confidence and belief” and foster “a love of learning”; the school also wants its pupils to “take ownership of their learning and be proud of their achievements”.  The pupils from Hawthorn Primary certainly fulfilled their school’s aims that day!

"The children had a fantastic day. The staff we worked with engaged with the children and made the experience so enjoyable. The project was pitched at the right level to ensure the children gained the utmost enjoyment and learning from the day."  ~  Teacher 

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