The ‘Everything to Everybody’ project is developing a £1 million plan to unlock the world’s first great people’s Shakespeare Library for all.

Birmingham’s historic Shakespeare Memorial Library is the first, oldest and largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world and is housed in the Library of Birmingham. It contains over 100,000 treasures from a First Folio to music scores, costume designs, artworks by Picasso and texts in 93 different languages.

All this belongs to all the people of the city.

Birmingham’s Shakespeare collection is the most substantial legacy of a pioneering effort to ‘give everything to everybody’, which helped to put nineteenth-century Birmingham on the map as the most progressive city in the modern world.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the ‘Everything to Everybody’ project £32,700 of development funding to help progress plans to revive this great cultural resource and they would love to share their ideas with you and hear about how you might like to be involved.

Full funding would enable a wide range of ambitious and inclusive activity in Birmingham. Starting in May 2020, it would include workshops for schools and education groups, a First Folio tour, Family Days, exhibitions with community partners and a festival to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

During this exciting Development Phase, they are keen to start conversations with potential project partners interested in collaborating.
But at this stage, the best way for potential collaborators to get involved is to attend one of the free information evenings at the Library of Birmingham. During the evening you will visit the Shakespeare Memorial Library and see items from the Shakespeare collection. You will meet members of the project team, share ideas for activity, learn how you can get involved and help identify ways to take the project out to Birmingham’s communities.

There are two information evenings:

Thursday 11 April or Friday 26 April from 6-8pm,
at the Library of Birmingham [meet in the foyer].

To book your place, email Julia Thomason.
You can find out more about getting involved with the project here.