Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford upon Avon, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Shakespeare's Birthplace was purchased at auction on 16 Sept 1847. Discover how Charles Dickens spearheaded the campaign to save Shakespeare's Birthplace for the nation in our temporary exhibition, supported by theatrical re-enactment of the auction.
Did you know that the American Circus Manager "P. T." Barnum had his eye on purchasing Shakespeare's Birthplace and shipping it to New York? He writes in his memoirs about how he had arranged payment but before he could get the paperwork signed he was pipped to the post by an Englishman. That Englishman was in fact a group of men including Charles Dickens who secured the purchase of the Birthplace for the people and ensued its survival.
Join us on 16 September and meet some of the colourful characters involved in this extraordinary historical tale and take part in the reenactment of the auction which saved Shakespeare's Birthplace 170 years ago. For those of you who want to know more about the background to this story there will be a temporary exhibition running from 16th September to December 2017.