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Folio400 at the National Maritime Museum

Folio400 at the National Maritime Museum

On Monday May 22 Dulwich College teamed up with Royal Museums Greenwich to co-host an event celebrating the loan of Shakespeare’s First Folio to the National Maritime Museum.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the museum are expected to view the loan display over the summer months. Paddy Rodgers, Director of Royal Museums Greenwich, and Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College, welcomed a large audience and highlighted ongoing links between the two institutions, particularly with regard to Shackleton. Both organisations are committed to developing further links.

Dulwich Archivists, Calista Lucy and Freddie Witts, explored aspects of the College’s collection, and the evening, held in the Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre, concluded with a bravura talk by Patrick Spottiswoode, Founder of Globe Education. Lucy Dale, Curator of Maritime Museum presented an expert talk that explored the connection between Shakespeare and the sea, especially within the developing maritime trade in the Elizabethan period. Lucy also made the point that in Shakespeare’s age the oceans were respected for their dangers and great riches. She said it is more important than ever to remytholgise the oceans and find ways of engaging with them culturally to help protect their future.

Open access

On Tuesday May 23 Peter Jolly, former Director of Drama and now working in the College archives, gave a talk at the RCS’s theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was delighted to share a platform with Gregory Doran (Artistic Director Emeritus RSC), Professor Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford) and Dr Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe). The event launched a landmark open access website First Folios Compared that allows enthusiast around the world to explore and compare Shakespeare’s First Folios from around the world. The site places Dulwich’s copy of the Folio alongside those from prestigious international institutions including the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, the Bodleian Library and Wurttemberg State Library. The project is an important step in widening access to the College’s archive and engaging with a worldwide audience.

Dulwich Archivist Calista Lucy Folio400 talk at National Maritime Museum
Folio400 talk at the National Maritime Museum

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