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Online Database | Shakespeare in the Royal Collection

Posted in resources by Editor on November 11, 2021

The Shakespeare in the Royal Collection (ShaRC) project is delighted to announce its fully searchable database of Shakespeare-related objects is now available online, at https://sharc.kcl.ac.uk/objects

The database comprises nearly 1,800 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, books, decorative art objects, and Shakespeare-themed miscellanea, along with a range of digitised archival materials from the Royal Archives (including letters, diary entries, bills, and inventories, amongst others). It can be searched by a number of filters, including date and method of acquisition, as well as through a free-text field. Objects are accompanied by a short catalogue entry, written from an inter-disciplinary perspective, covering their history, their relationship to Shakespeare and to the historical royal family and, where known, the circumstances of their acquisition.

Shakespeare in the Royal Collection is a three-year AHRC-funded research project led by King’s College London, in collaboration with Birkbeck University of London and The Royal Collection Trust. It investigates the Shakespeare-related holdings in the Royal Collection and Royal Archives, 1714–1945, and provides new information about a broad range of objects created, collected, and displayed by generations of members of the royal family.

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