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”

Starbank School


In November 2016, 30 children from Key Stage 2 at Starbank School in Birmingham spent a day guiding for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  The guides worked in both the Birthplace and New Place and did a phenomenal job.  Visitors, both national and international, were incredibly complimentary about our guides from Starbank.  One of the aims of Starbank School is “to build children’s self-esteem and self-belief” and the children proved this on the day as they visibly grew in confidence in their roles.


“It's fantastic seeing the children engage with history and Shakespeare.” ~ Visitor  

“The children guiding in the Birthplace were amazing! I think they have made our visit. What a great idea!” ~ Visitor

“I wish I'd had this opportunity when I was 10”. ~ Teacher 

“One of my children didn't think she'd be able to do the guiding but she has been amazing.” ~ Teacher

“I want to come again! It’s been too great for words!” ~ Child

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