William Shakespeare's Hometown: Exploring Stratford-upon-Avon with Don Brown
Join us for this virtual 'tour' of the birthplace, and the last resting place, of the world's most famous poet and playwright–William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful market town in England that still contains many buildings that would have been familiar to the Bard–therefore many of them preserved and restored.
Together we will look at the house he was born in, where he went to school, the house he bought as a rich man, and the church where he is buried. Along the way, we will discover more about the life and times of the 'Swan of Avon', about his parents, wife, and children. The Shakespeare family is a key reason why more than 100,000 travelers choose to visit Stratford upon Avon each year.
Led by Blue Badge Guide Don Brown, who frequently takes visitors to Stratford-Upon-Avon, this Conversation will give insights into the early life of William Shakespeare, and of the influences on his later career. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away knowing much more about this memorable town and its most famous son.
Don Brown is a London Blue Badge Guide, the Director of the London Society and a graduate of Oxford University. He previously worked in publishing, for publications as diverse as History Today, The Spectator and The Guardian. His interests and specialisms encompass history - from the Romans to the present day, politics, WW2, and ‘60s and ‘70s popular music, and as director of the London Society he has a professional interest in architecture (contemporary and historical), planning and urbanism.