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Up close to the First Folio

Curator showing teachers Shakespeare's first folio

We’re very excited about a new partnership with Bell Shakespeare Company and the opportunity this affords to introduce teachers to the State Library’s Shakespeare collection.

Last week we welcomed a group of fifteen teachers from around Australia who are participants in Bell Shakespeare’s regional teachers' mentorship program. This program, supported by the Australian government, offers teachers an opportunity to participate in a year long mentorship to assist them in teaching Shakespeare in their schools.

Teachers in Bell Shakespeare's mentorship program in the Shakespeare Room at the State Library of NSW

We invited the group to visit the beautiful Shakespeare room and hear about the extensive collections held at the Library. Little did they know we had also organised for the extraordinary First Folio to be fetched from the vault along with a silver model of the Globe theatre made by Garrards, the Queen’s jewellers. 

Our curator Sarah Morley provided detailed information about the items and many a photo was taken. Rarely have we seen a more appreciative group and one teacher confided at the end of the visit that her face was aching from smiling so much! We can’t wait to repeat the experience for a second group of teachers next week.

The Library holds not only the first but also the second, third and fourth folios and these will be on display in the AMAZE gallery for the month of April as part of our Shakespeare 400 program commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and see this prized collection. A range of events are being planned to mark the occasion so stay tuned and save Saturday 23 April for a full day of all things Shakespeare for the whole family.

Find out more about the fabulous folios and the model of the Globe Theatre.