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Shakespeare's Schoolroom

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Fundraising to conserve the Guildhall, which contains Shakespeare's Schoolroom and the place where he first witnessed professional theatre, and to open to the public for the first time.

The Guildhall at King Edward VI School was built in 1420 and is famous as the place where William Shakespeare was educated and where he first witnessed professional theatre. It served as the centre of civic life and governance in Stratford for over 400 years and was the building in which Shakespeare’s father, John, served as the town’s bailiff. It is still used as a Schoolroom today.As a state school we receive no government funding to support the upkeep of the Guildhall. The last major restoration of the building took place in 1891, and it is now in urgent need of repair and conservation.Our £1m project will restore the Guildhall and open it to the public for the first time. We have made an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund but we need to raise in excess of £200,000 towards the cost of the work.Thank you for helping us restore and open this wonderful building to the world.

Charity No: 528769

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