CONSERVATION work continues at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford in the new year.
The historic building will be closed to visitors while the work takes place in January but the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be sharing behind-the scenes footage via its social media pages.
Those who log on will be able to witness the important works for themselves, as well as exploring the history of the iconic building.
Works being undertaken include planned minor repairs, decoration and general maintenance, all of which have listed building consent approval. These important works will help maintain and protect the centuries-old building for generations to come.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace will not be accessible to visitors between Monday January 8 and Friday January 19 to ensure the work is completed as efficiently as possible, and to minimise disruption.
Head of estates Mark Ratcliffe said: ‘’Over the centuries, millions of people have stepped into the Birthplace, walking in the footsteps of Shakespeare and his family. As a result, the building needs ongoing care, like any home. With our ever-changing climate, we also need to ensure that we protect the historic building from all elements, allowing us to preserve the Birthplace for years to come.”
SBT’s director of museum and public programmes Rachael North added:‘’By undertaking the conservation work, we are ensuring that the Birthplace is as accessible as possible for our guests today, while protecting and preserving it for those to come.
‘’We want our visitors to feel involved, which is why we’re showing behind the scenes footage on our social channels. Visitors can also access our online collections catalogue where they can immerse themselves in history and learn about the hundreds of objects at the Birthplace at their own leisure.’’
Shakespeare’s Birthplace will reopen fully to the public on Saturday January 20.
For more information visit https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/shakespeares-birthplace/