The display is available for a limited time to celebrate the poet’s 400th anniversary of his death. Crowds of massive sizes are visiting Stratford-upon-Avon to view this special artifact and moment in history. Spectators can view Shakespeare’s bequests to his elder daughter Susanna, younger daughter Judith, wife Anne and friends, all composed by local lawyer Francis Collins.
Employees and tour guides at the Birthplace Trust are just as excited to educate visitors on the history of the document and celebrate a memorable year.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience
“This is where Shakespeare was born. It was only right that on the 400th anniversary of his death that the will comes back here so people from all over the world can view it. It is never on view in London because it is located in the National Archives, so this may never be really seen again. People of all ages and from all over understand this and so we’ve had an amazing turnout with this exhibit. I’ve only been working here for a short time and I have never seen crowds like this,” said Erica Ralph, a tour guide at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Crowds too large for the small space?
The significance of this exhibit has drawn in crowds from far and wide, but Ramona Foxx, a tourist from Chicago, Illinois, said the crowds might have been too large for the small space.
“I wish I would have been able to stand up close to see it, but it was just too crowded. This is a magnificent piece of history, but its display location was too small for the number of people trying to see it. I just wish I would have gotten to see more of it, that’s all,” Foxx explained.
Aubrey Logsdon, a resident of Ouachita, Kansas, touched on the crowds in addition to Foxx.
“There was a lot of people, and I had to wait a really long time to get all the way up to the front. I kind of expected that, though,” she said.
Remembering the significance
While the crowds may have been overwhelming, Logsdon, like so many others, appreciated her experience at the Birthplace Trust.
“I feel very blessed that we are here, especially on this anniversary that everyone is celebrating with in such pride,” she said. “I would not have been able to see this any other time, so I think that is pretty cool. I wouldn’t normally get this opportunity, so I’m taking advantage of my experience here.”