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Research

We have a thriving community of scholars at Shakespeare’s Globe who lead research into Shakespeare in performance.

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.

Doctoral Projects

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.

Research Assistants

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.

See blog posts by our previous assistants herehere, and here.

Collections

We are a Performing Arts repository, specialising in Shakespeare and his contemporaries in performance, and collecting the living record of the radical theatrical experiment that is Shakespeare’s Globe. Our aim is to develop, preserve and activate our collections both to inform, and to inspire curiosity, creativity and learning for everyone.

Opening Hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays
10am to 5pm 
(closed 1.00pm-2.00pm)

We are open to everyone by appointment. Appointments and enquiries can be made by emailing [email protected] You can discover what’s in our collections by searching our online catalogues for the Archive and Library. Unfortunately we cannot take bookings or enquiries over the phone.

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:

  • Please 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
  • 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 at [email protected]

Donations
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.

Contact Us

General Enquiries & appointments
[email protected]

Library & Archive Manager
Victoria Lane
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Archivist (Digital)
Philip Milnes-Smith
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