In the news - The Robben Island Bible

A copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare that was read and signed by some of the key participants in the South African anti-apartheid movement has been put on show at the British Museum.

In the news: Teaching resources - 20 July

Shakespeare 'Bible' a highlight of groundbreaking exhibition


A copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare that was read and signed by some of the key participants in the South African anti-apartheid movement has been put on show at the British Museum.

The book, known as the Robben Island Bible, is just one part of the new Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition, which looks at the real and imagined worlds of William Shakespeare.

It is one of an "infinite variety" of artefacts, including Henry V's funeral armour, an eyeball belonging to one of the co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot and an Elizabethan dagger and rapier discovered preserved in the riverbed of the Thames.

The exhibition, staged in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, forms part of the World Shakespeare Festival in the 2012 London Festival.

Becky Allen, project curator of the exhibition, said that the world travelling to London for the Olympics was the perfect opportunity to look back and think about how the world came to London when Shakespeare was working, living and writing there.

"Shakespeare was a sponge," she said. "Although it is very unlikely that he travelled extensively, if at all, he obviously had this ability to read texts, people and situations. It's that observation of human constants that remains interesting. People often say that Shakespeare was for all time, and that is certainly true."

Read the TES review of the exhibition here.




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