The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the work, life and times of the world’s best-known writer. Our mission is to enthuse children and young people with a passion for Shakespeare, inspiring curiosity, equipping them to meet the challenges of academic study.
Our Learning Team of world-class lecturers and teachers runs a huge range of programmes for UK and international groups of all ages and abilities. Developed and delivered by our Learning team, all of our engaging sessions support and enhance the curriculum, building on work in the classroom.
Formats range from hands-on workshops where children can become history detectives to spending the day dressed as a Tudor at Mary Arden's Farm (childhood home of his mother). Play-building workshops, introductory talks, interactive talks and visits to Shakespeare's Family Homes - the range of sessions, activities and free downloadable resources is extensive.
Contact our Learning Team to find out about the sessions, free familiarisation visits and booking
A small selection of workshops available are:
Sharing Shakespeare's Story - workshop which tells the story of his life followed by a fun retelling of The Tempest (Key Stage 1)
Rich Man, Poor Man! - using clues from original documents from our Collections your children will become history detectives in this hands-on workshop. (Key Stage 2)
Brush up your Shakespeare - Discover the facts about his life, times and education and about play-going in Shakespeare's London (Key Stage 3)
Set Text talks - Literature sessions to cover all aspects of Shakespeare's plays and can be tailored for particular exam specifications. (Key Stage 5)
Sizes vary dependent on the workshop. Optimum capacity is usually one class with a maximum capacity of two classes.
We have trained first aiders on site in the event of a medical emergency. However if you have any pupils/students in the group with specific medical needs, please ensure you have staff who can take responsibility for administering any medication should the need arise.
All of the teaching spaces at the Shakespeare Centre are accessible by lift. There are also accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor. It would be helpful to know in advance if there are likely to be any access issues so that we can advise you appropriately.
Here at Shakespeare's Family Homes our Learning Team have developed a range of engaging sessions which support and enhance the curriculum. Building on work in the classroom the formats range from hands-on and interactive to more discursive and exploratory. These activities bring Shakespeare and British history to life in practical and creative ways.
Courses and workshops are available for Key stages 1 to 5 and offer free access to our extensive range of downloadable resources. We also offer fun and interactive sessions for EFL learners of all abilities.
We will be happy to plan your visit and offer free familiarisation visits to teachers.
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