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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Mark Williamson

BRUSH away the cobwebs and lift the lid on the town’s Shakespearean history at a series of special events being staged  throughout January. 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) is showcasing some of the conservation work that takes place at the five historic Shakespeare Family Homes in Stratford and in its internationally recognised library, archive and museum collection.

A series of special events will take throughout January, including an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs taken during the redevelopment of Shakespeare’s New Place and a talk on how the archaeological finds that date back to the Shakespeare family’s time living there are being conserved.

There will also be a rare chance to see some of the normally hidden discoveries at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, while experts from the Trust will be sharing their hints and tips on how to care for household antiques.

A full programme of events is listed below or can be found online at www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Secrets of Conservation, January 2019

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street.

Conservation Table, Every Tuesday in January, 1pm to 3pm

The conservation team will demonstrate preventative measures that are required for the more precious and delicate items from the Collections that are not normally on public display, and talk about the daily conservation work they do at all five Shakespeare family homes.

‘What’s past is prologue’, Daily throughout January

See a display of pictures that will show how the Birthplace looked during early years of William Shakespeare’s childhood home being open to the public.

Shakespeare’s New Place, Chapel Street.

Walking on History, Daily throughout January, 10am to 4pm

Find out how items dating back to Shakespeare’s time are being conserved after being unearthed during archaeological digs at the site, and view never-before-seen photographs of New Place during its redevelopment.

Here’s metal more attractive’, 11th and 25th January, 12pm to 2pm

Learn how we clean and preserve the sculptures onsite and have a go yourself, weather permitting.

Conserving our Legacy, Saturday, 19th January, 12pm and 2pm

Join Nic Fulcher, projects manager for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, as he talks about redeveloping New Place and conserving the archaeological findings.

Hall’s Croft, Old Town.

Conservation Talk, 17th and 24th January, 1pm to 3pm

Hints and tips on how to conserve any precious furniture in your own homes.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery

Hidden Revealed, Every Thursday in January at 11am and 2pm

Unearth the joinery marks, dog paw prints and historic finger prints that have been discovered during conservation work throughout the cottage, and see some of the strange artefacts that visitors have left behind; each tour limited to 10 people.