Shakespeare’s New Place: A one-day conference

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Shakespeare’s New Place: A one-day conference Saturday 17 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm (The Wolfson Hall, The Shakespeare Centre, arrivals from 9.45am).

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Shakespeare’s New Place: an artistic reconstruction by Phillip Watson

In March 2010, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust started to lift the turf on the site of Shakespeare’s family home. New Place had been a present-absence on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, for two hundred and fifty years, one reason why it has also played too scant a role in Shakespearian biography. Over the next five years, a team of archaeologists (now based at the Centre for Archaeology, Staffordshire University), augmented by around a hundred and twenty volunteers, would be in quest of Shakespeare’s lost house. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s major project for 2016 is the representation of the site of New Place, evoking it as the home of a writer, as well as curating a brand-new exhibition about Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon. If you’d like to find out more, then do please come and join us for the day on Saturday 17 September. Our speakers include the archaeologists who led the dig, Kevin Colls and William Mitchell, a buildings expert (Nick Molyneux, Historic England), an historian (Tara Hamling, University of Birmingham), and Shakespearian Sir Stanley Wells. We’ll be re-thinking what New Place meant to Shakespeare in light of our findings. The fee of £35.00 (with a discounted rate of just £25.00 for and ‘Dig for Shakespeare’ volunteers) includes a copy of Finding Shakespeare’s New Place: an archaeological biography by Paul Edmondson, Kevin Colls, and William Mitchell (Manchester University Press, 2016). Also included are refreshment breaks (not lunch), and a visit to newly presented site of New Place (and the exhibition) at the end of the day. Please book early to avoid disappointment by following this link: https://tickets.shakespeare.org.uk/searchresults.aspx or by sending an email to learning@shakespeare.org.uk

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Author:Sara Westh

Sara is a fourth year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute, researching authorial intent in editing Shakespeare by way of philosophy of mind. She has been associate editor for Blogging and Reviewing Shakespeare for a year now, and is thoroughly enjoying herself. She also works for the Shakespeare Institute, the Shakespeare Institute Library, and Shakespeare Survey.

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