Everything to Everybody: Birmingham's Shakespeare Memorial Library

‘The time has come to give everything to everybody’

George Dawson, founder of the Birmingham, Shakespeare Memorial Library

To mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Dawson and a group of his closest friends decided that Birmingham should be home to the greatest collection of Shakespeare books in the world. They insisted that a special room should be built for these books, the most beautiful room in Birmingham, and most importantly, it should be freely open to everyone.

Read more in this beautifully illustrated booklet.

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