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Mystery of Shakespeare's Marriage – Tudor Tour

Published Wednesday, 6th April 2016

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service are running a special tour with a Tudor flavour.

Held in the archives is the marriage bond of William Shakespeare and associated entry in the Bishop's register, but a discrepancy hints at a mystery. Also in the archives is the will of Shakespeare's grandfather, which will be on display.

Visitors will also be able to view other 16thC items including pottery from the period found during digs in the county. WAAS staff will explain about the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Worcester, and see the preparations in the City's records, and visitors will be able to view illuminated documents of the period.

The tour will be held at The Hive on Saturday 23 April, from 2-3.30pm.

The Hive will also be hosting a range of other activities over the weekend, celebrating the life and work of this great writer and playwright.

Paul Hudson, Outreach manager, said: "As part of the Shakespeare event in The Hive we thought we'd rerun our popular Tudor Tour. We will focus on Shakespeare's marriage bond, as well as showing visitors the range of documents and archaeology from the Tudor period which we have here. It is a fascinating period in history we have some amazing items in the collections here."

Places are £5 and need to be booked in advance. The previous Tudor Tour in February sold out. People can book via http://www.thehiveworcester.org.uk/

For more information email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or ring 01905 7663352