On Saturday 14 May, Black Country Living Museum will be celebrating Shakespeare’s First Folio visiting the Museum as part of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ project. The Folio will be fully and freely accessible all day, including a range of interactive workshops and talks from University of Wolverhampton experts taking place, honouring Shakespeare’s impact on modern society.

To celebrate the Folio’s visit, the BCSC are working with the Museum to host a competition, encouraging local schools, colleges, and the public to create their own sonnet, inspired by both Shakespeare and the individuality of the Black Country – get writing and you could win a family ticket to Black Country Living Museum!

The Folio’s visit and competition are part of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project – an ambitious three-year celebration of one of the UK’s most important cultural assets, the vast Shakespeare Memorial Library housed within the Library of Birmingham. ‘Everything to Everybody’ aims to give the city’s unique Shakespeare heritage back to the people and is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, with funding also contributed by National Lottery Heritage Fund and History West Midlands.


Join in BCLM’s Poetry Competition

BCLM are asking you to compose a poem expressing your appreciation for the Black Country. The competition has been launched with prize categories for a primary school, secondary school, college/sixth form and public winner! Primary school entries are welcome to contribute any form of poem, while entries in other categories should take Shakespeare’s illustrious Sonnet form. The most unique poem will win a family ticket to the Museum, and school-aged entries will also win a Black Country goodie bag for their school! To support the competition, Author, Poet and University of Wolverhampton Lecturer Dr Robert Francis has worked alongside the Museum, helping to support the school-aged entries. Black Country Living Museum is grateful to have had his support in creating a virtual sonnet workshop to support sonnet-writing at a younger age


BCLM kindly ask for all school-age entries to be emailed to learning@bclm.com, and all public entries to be emailed to marketing@bclm.com, by 11:59pm on Tuesday 31st May 2022. Entries must use the subject line ‘Shakespeare poetry competition’. Each Entry must contain: the final draft of the author’s poem along with the author’s name (school, and year group must also be provided for school-age entries).

Good Luck – and get writing!

(More info and Ts&Cs at: https://bclm.com/2022/04/08/bclm-launches-poetry-competition-to-celebrate-shakespeare/ ).

About Black Country Living Museum

Established in 1978, Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s leading open-air museums.  Designated by Arts Council England for the quality and national significance of its collections, it attracted 358,871 in 2019. Visitors can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past as they uncover the rich industrial heritage of the region. They’ll explore 26 acres of shops, houses and industrial areas and in doing so get a unique insight into the contribution and impact the Black Country had on the world. Historic Characters bring to life the stories of some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine, making this an experience few others can match.

The Black Country Studies Centre is a partnership between University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Living Museum. It was founded in 2018 to formalise the wealth of partnership working between the two flagship Black Country organisations. The BCSC offers a range of public events to showcase research into the Black Country, initiates research collaborations and creates opportunities for students to enhance their experience through working on live projects with BCLM.

About Everything to Everybody

Founded in 1864, Birmingham’s Shakespeare Memorial Library was the first great Shakespeare

Library in the world. Expressly established for all the citizens of the town, it helped win nineteenth century Birmingham a reputation as a trailblazing modern city. The ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project – an ambitious collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council – will recover this precious heritage for today.

Working in conjunction with anchor institutions and grassroots organisations across Birmingham, it will give the city’s uniquely democratic Shakespeare heritage back to the people. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and History West Midlands, this ambitious collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council comprises a four-year, action-packed programme of community-facing activities.

For further information visit: https://everythingtoeverybody.bham.ac.uk/ 

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