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”

Reaside Academy


In January, thirty Year 5 and 6 children from Reaside Academy in Frankley, Birmingham, became guides at both Shakespeare’s Birthplace and New Place.  The children from Reaside were outstanding representatives of their school and certainly lived up to the Academy’s aim of “expecting nothing less than exemplary pupil behaviour”.  The children did an incredible job of guiding and they were all amazed at how they had grown in confidence throughout the day.  The Academy has met, and exceeded, their aims of “providing children with the education they need to become confident, articulate, independent learners and thinkers and to ensure that all pupils achieve their very best”.

 “These children all undertook their task as tour guides with great commitment and enthusiasm and I saw children talking to, and explaining their particular subject, to visitors from as far away as Australia, Japan and the Philippines.” ~ School Governor

"A brilliant idea having children guiding and giving information which I thoroughly enjoyed”. ~ Visitor

 “Can we do it again? The best experience I've had in my life!”  ~ Pupil

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