Shakespeare engraving 1787

The Shakespeare Records study day

The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU

Time 10.00-16.00
Price £24–£30

400 years after his death, we are still exploring what Shakespeare means to the world and to our national heritage. This day of talks at The National Archives will examine his life, playhouses and career, drawing specifically on the invaluable original documents held in our collection. The day will also include an exhibit of some of the most important manuscripts documenting Shakespeare’s life.

Speakers include Professor Grace Ioppolo, Professor Brian Vickers, and MOLA Senior Archaeologist Julian Bowsher.


9:30 Doors open

10:00 Introductory remarks – Dr Amanda Bevan and Dr Katy Mair (The National Archives)

10:30 Shakespeare’s life – Prof Grace Ioppolo, FSA (University of Reading)
This talk will discuss original documents held at The National Archives and new theories about the life of William Shakespeare.

11:30 A presentation of original documents 
Presented by our experts, you will get to view some of the remarkable documents that we hold relating to William Shakespeare.

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Shakespeare’s theatres – Julian Bowsher, FSA (MOLA)
This talk will focus on the various London venues used by Shakespeare, including theatres excavated by Julian and his colleagues: the Rose, Globe, Theatre and Curtain.

2:30 Shakespeare’s career – Sir Brian Vickers, FBA (University of London
Sir Brian Vickers discusses Shakespeare’s career – his reputation, his methodology, the people with whom he wrote and how his plays were printed.

4:00 Roundtable discussion with participants

4.30 Cream tea