Shakespeare's First Folio Day

Shakespeare's First Folio Day
From 11 June 2022 at 11:00 AM
To 11 June 2022 at 3:00 PM
Cost Free
Refreshments Served

We are delighted to announce that Birmingham's very own copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio will be on display at Selly Manor Museum on Saturday 11th June. The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death. Folio editions were large and expensive books that were seen as prestige items. Shakespeare wrote around 37 plays, 36 of which are contained in the First Folio.

Birmingham's First Folio now resides in the Library of Birmingham and is unique because it is the only one bought with the aim of improving people’s lives through culture and education. It was purchased in 1881 for all the people of Birmingham - no matter their background, wealth or occupation, and is now going on tour to share with as many people as possible.
You can get the chance to see the First Folio at Selly Manor in person and enjoy lots of fun and interactive activities. See Tudor dancing, enjoy 16th century music, take in our exhibition on two of Birmingham's civic pioneers - George Dawson and George Cadbury, get dressed up, get involved in our Shakespearean trail - and all this takes place in the stunning (and very suitable) surroundings of Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves, two of the oldest buildings in Birmingham.
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The Shakespeare First Folio Day at Selly Manor Museum takes place on Saturday 11th June. In order to allow as many people as possible we will be offering an hour long experience in 4 time slots; 11am - 12pm, 12pm - 1pm, 1pm - 2pm and 2pm - 3pm.
How to get tickets
Tickets are free for all. We will be releasing tickets on Friday 20th May at 10am 
To book your FREE tickets please go to our Eventbrite booking page

How will we keep you safe?
The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. We will ensure measures are taken to keep you safe at this event. Hand washing and sanitiser stations will be available for use. Mask wearing will be advised.

The exhibition and First Folio display take place in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves which is on the grounds floor and is wheelchair accessible. Some trails and parts of Selly Manor have steep stairs to access upper stories. You will find detailed information about accessibility of the site on our website. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199.

This event is part of the Everything to Everybody project, The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council are collaborating on a £1.7 million plan to revive the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library, housed in the iconic Library of Birmingham - and the first great Shakespeare library in the world, as well as one which from the very beginning has belonged to all the people of the city.