Shakespeare’s Globe’s unique resources and thriving community of scholars combine to create a dedicated repository specialising in Shakespeare in performance. Use the page below to access the Globe’s collection of rare books, archive material and special collections, and find out more about our key areas of research and academic courses.
ACCESS OUR COLLECTIONS
MEET THE RESEARCH TEAM
RESEARCH AT THE GLOBE
Architecture Research Group
The Architecture Research Group (ARG) was established to conduct or commission research into Elizabethan playhouse architecture. ARG then advise the board of the Shakespeare Globe Trust about developing the Globe theatre space in accordance with new research.
The ARG is currently researching three projects: The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, the interior decorative scheme at the reconstructed Globe, and the continued development of the “lower gallery” at the reconstructed Globe.
The group meet three times a year. If you are a scholar or PhD student researching Elizabethan playhouse architecture and would like to contribute to the research life at Shakespeare’s Globe, please contact us.
Current Doctoral Projects include: An exploratory study of student responses to Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank as a curriculum intervention by Cathy Baldwin (2016 – ), The Dramaturgy of Feminine Historiography in Shakespeare’s History Plays by Hailey Bachrach (2017 – ), and Assimilation or Resistance: The Medicalised Body in 21st Century Shakespeare by Robin Craig (2017 – ).
Formal Doctoral Projects include: Repertory and the Production of Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 by Dr Sarah Dustagheer, Globe Audiences: Spectatorship and Reconstruction at Shakespeare’s Globe by Dr Penelope Woods, Recreating Light in the Early Modern Theatre by Neil Vallelly, and ‘Foule habits of reproach’: Performing Bodily Rebukes and Retributions on the Renaissance Stage, Page and Street by Miranda Fay Thomas.
The Globe Research Assistantship is a paid fixed term, part time post open to students on postgraduate (MA or PhD) courses in Shakespeare Studies, Renaissance Studies or a similar discipline, or holders of such a degree. Up to three assistants work with the Head of Higher Education and Research, the Research Fellow & Lecturer, and the Research Coordinator to provide dramaturgical assistance to Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse productions and support in-house research projects.
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
Once we are able to re-open, we are open to everyone by appointment. We especially welcome scholars of colour. Appointments and enquiries can be made by emailing.
In order to help us prepare for your visit, please contact us by e-mail at least a week in advance of any planned visit. Please provide the following information:
- The date and time of your proposed visit
- Your general area of research
- Details of the material you would like to consult, please refer to our Library and Archive catalogues
- Any access requirements – although the Reading Room is accessible via a lift, please be aware that there is currently no step-free access and a small step must be navigated in order to reach us
On your first visit you will be required to:
- Complete an application form
- Provide proof of identification with two forms of ID (a driving licence, student card, passport, bank card are all acceptable). If you are a student please bring your student card with you
- Fill out a Data Protection Agreement form if you are accessing Archives
- Have a short induction
Please note that all readers will be expected to abide by our rules and regulations. You are welcome to bring laptops/tablets with you; there are power sockets and wi-fi is available.
Our collections are still in the process of being catalogued. As we progress, the range and number of records described in our online catalogue will grow. Archives relating to the current seasons are typically available within a few months of the end of the season. If you can’t find what you are looking for or would like further information about our collections please contact us.
We actively collect material related to the history of Shakespeare’s Globe and its productions. Please contact the Library & Archive Manager to discuss any donations.
Due to the outbreak of Covid 19, the Library & Archive is now closed for appointments until further notice. We will be monitoring our emails and will respond to you as soon as we can. If you have an urgent enquiry please contact Victoria.
Library & Archive Manager
Library and Archive Assistant
Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.
As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public, staff and volunteers.
We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible – but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.
We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.
With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.
Ifwhen we meet again, why, we shall smile