Shakespeare’s Birthplace Permanent Exhibition

John Ronayne design practice for designing museum displays, Shakespeare’s Birthplace project. Permanent exhibition traces Shakespear’s family life, career. Contemporary artifacts, display + interactive effects.




museum and exhibition design

Shakespeare’s Birthplace exhibition

Interactive units alongside artefacts, all under the canopy of the Forest of Arden

Shakespeare was born, retired and died in Stratford-upon-Avon and for two centuries the Birthplace has been a mecca for tourists. We mounted a special 10-year exhibition which traced Shakespeare’s family life and career, with contemporary artefacts, the priceless First Folio itself, and a wealth of interactive effects. In the Birthplace house itself we designed discreet interpretation panels and interior details to enhance the visitor’s appreciation of 16th-century domestic life.

For the same client we also designed the Museum of British Pewter in the timber-framed Harvard House in Stratford. This features modernistic showcases, some with self-lit pull-out drawers, and a hands-on pewter bench area. Then, in the Tudor building opposite, we mounted a rare books exhibition to accompany the RSC’s ‘Complete Works’ cycle.

Shakespeare's Globe interior designFor our work since 1976 on developing Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, click this link