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Queuing for Knowledge and free Wi-Fi

The morning queue at the British Library. Photo: Gaby Mahlberg The queues at British Library are getting longer again. On this Tuesday morning just before 9.30 the line meanders across the forecourt right through to the gate on the Euston Road. Yet,...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 5 Mar 2022

May Blogroll: Digital Bibliography Edition

¶ Dear readers, ¶ As a researcher, the internet and the mass of digital projects in recent years has evened the playing field unlike that of any previous generation. The out-pouring of open-source and digitization projects of materials already...
From: Bite Thumbnails on 16 May 2017


Sketch by J. T. Blight To celebrate #InternationalvolunteerDay we have asked some of our volunteers to write about their projects. This post has been written by Robert Howe, a regular reader in the Reading Room who became a volunteer. He has been working...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 5 Dec 2016

An Alternative History of Stratford-upon-Avon

This blog post was written by Sylvia Morris who completed research for her new book with Susan Brock using the Reading Room and our collections. In my earlier post I wrote about some of the archives kept by the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive....
From: Finding Shakespeare on 24 Nov 2016

Researching the history of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon

Sylvia Morris researching the Shakespeare Club in the Reading Room This blog post was written by Sylvia Morris who completed research for her new book with Susan Brock using the Reading Room and our collections. If most people were asked to name the...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 21 Nov 2016

Explore Your Archive: a ‘Phusiglyptic’ Museum

A few of the items which can be seen on display at our Explore Your Archive event It appears that Victorian Stratford-upon-Avon was spoilt for choice when it came to museums. Not only was Shakespeare’s Birthplace saved for the nation in 1847, but...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 11 Nov 2016

Summer in the Reading Room!

  The Reading Room full of WSC delegates Our busy 2016 has continued and over the Summer we welcomed many more visitors to the Reading Room as the World Shakespeare Congress came to town! We also were delighted to display Shakespeare’s...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 17 Oct 2016

Countdown Day 10: A sneak preview!

We’re nearly there!  Come along on Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th between 10am and 4pm to see our pop-up exhibition in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Shakespeare Centre.  Call in for as long (or short) a visit as you’d like.  We...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 9 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 9: Rhyming Advice from Thomas Tusser

Today’s blog is by our volunteer Phil Tromans Thomas Tusser is remembered primarily for the phenomenally popular Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, a farming manual written mainly in rhyming couplets. We will have our 1620 edition of htis...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 8 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 8: Flowers and Love

Today we turn our thoughts to love…And to flowers.  Flowers and love seem to be interconnected throughout history.  Roses in particular have romantic associations going back to classical mythology.  The red rose was considered to...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 7 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 7: Curing ‘swimming in the head’, plague and other ailments

Today’s blog brings us to recipes to cure particular ailments, often using plants and herbs available in the garden.  This little book entitled: A Rich Storehouse OR Treasurie for the Diseased  WHEREIN ARE MANY Approved Medicines...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 6 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 6: Outlandish Plants from Foreign Parts (II)

  Today we turn our thoughts to ‘outlandish’, yet slightly more familiar plants than those featured in yesterday’s blog.  Yesterday we saw the ‘fruity lamb tree’, featured in Parkinson’s Paradisi in Sole Paradisus,...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 5 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 5: Lambs on stalks and geese on trees!

This blog is by Alex Mills, one of our Casual Reading Room Services Assistants.  Have you ever seen a sheep growing on a stalk? No? Dubious about the existence of such a plant-animal? You’d do well to consult the intrepid medieval explorer...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 4 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 4: Houseplants in Shakespeare’s Day

Day 4 of the Heritage Open Day countdown is all about houseplants in Shakespeare’s day and the world of Tudor floral decoration. Today’s blog is by Billie Thomas. When looking at the use of house plants in Tudor Britain, I was surprised by...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 3 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 3: Spikenards and Skirrets and what to do with them!

Taking a walk in a Tudor garden might throw up some surprises for the modern visitor. Can you tell spikenard from skirret? And do you know what to use them for? Today’s blog is by Helen Clifford, one of our Casual Reader Services Assistants. Spikenard,...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 2 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 2: Why blue flowers should be avoided

A blog by Billie Thomas, one of our Casual Reading Room Services Assistants. Day 2 of our Heritage Open Day countdown will tell you all you need to know about the dangers of blue flowers according to those superstitious Tudors! Across England blue was...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 1 Sep 2016

Countdown Day 1: How to keep a silkworm!

Here we are on Day 1 of our Heritage Open Days Countdown and today’s topic is the keeping of silkworms. We have a wonderful little book in our collections called “Instructions for the increasing of Mulberie Trees, and the breeding of Silke-wormes,...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 31 Aug 2016

10 Surprising things we’ve learnt: Heritage Open Days preparation

Heritage Open Days is nearly here and we hope you will be able to join us on September 10th or 11th for our pop-up exhibition in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, here at the Shakespeare Centre.  This year we are looking at the theme of “Gardens and...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 24 Aug 2016

James Leander Cathcart visits the Birthplace

  Norma Hampson is a long-standing volunteer at the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive and has written this blog to share details from her current project, listing visitors from the early Birthplace visitor books.    The signature...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 20 Jun 2016

Visiting Universities, Talks and Donald Duck!

During the last couple of weeks we have welcomed University groups from Brigham Young, Groningen, Freiburg, Bonn and Dusseldorf through our talks and to the Reading Room. Talk for Groningen University It has been a busy time as we show our collections...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 9 Jun 2016

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