History returned home

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The Stratford Grammar School Desk is one of two medieval artifacts which have returned to the Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall visited on Monday by the Mayor of Stratford Cllr Victoria Alcock, left, who was pictured along with Charles Rogers, volunteer guide, Taresh Solanski, a resident actor who plays Master Thomas Jenkins, and Roslyn Sklar, museums collections officer for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Photo: Mark Williamson

TWO medieval artifacts that help narrate the history of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall have returned to their original home.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School Desk and the Muniment Chest and Treasure Chest of the Guild of the Holy Cross have been preserved by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for many years, however the recent £1.8 million restoration of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall has now made it possible for the treasures to be returned to where their story began.

Both pieces are owned by Stratford Town Council and were transferred from King Edward VI School to Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the early 1860s where they have been stored and cared for as part of the town’s Borough Collections.

For the full story see this week’s Stratford Herald.