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1814 – The Shakespeare Myths Grow

R. B. Wheler’s manuscript of his Guide to Stratford, 1814.   In 1814 interest in the town of Shakespeare’s birth was growing. An important antiquarian at the time was Robert Bell Wheler who published ‘A Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon’ that...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 27 Jan 2015

1764 – Before the Celebrations

Theophilus Cibber playing Pistol in Henry IV part 2 in 1729 1764 was the year that David Garrick was meant to stage his wonderful Shakespeare jubilee; the first celebration of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. However, the jubilee was delayed...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 3 Oct 2014

Stratford in 1714

A Queen Anne coin from 1714. SBT1868-3/2.25 1714 saw the last days of Queen Anne and the beginning of the reign of King George I. Queen Anne reigned from 1702 – 1714 and we have a Queen Anne farthing in our collection made of copper. This was the first...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 26 Jun 2014

1664 – Folios and Portraits

1664 marked one hundred years since the birth of Shakespeare and at this time his legacy was building strength. The Chesterfield Portrait (SBT 1967_3) The Chesterfield Portrait of William Shakespeare is attributed to Pieter Borsselaer and dates from around...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 5 May 2014

1614 – Shakespeare Aged 50

William Shakespeare was 50 years old in 1614. He was now married, had three children but had lost his son Hamnet who died aged 11. He had been living and working in London, had written the majority of his plays and bought New Place, the largest residential...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 28 Apr 2014

1564 – The Year of Shakespeare’s Birth

As it is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare this year, this series of blogs will explore events and everyday life for every 50 years since, using items from across our collections. It makes sense to start at the beginning, around...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 21 Apr 2014

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