Shakespeare Exhibition deepens understanding

English Literature A2 students recently visited the Shakespeare Exhibition at The British Museum. This exhibition was made up of hundreds of artefacts, paintings and manuscripts which built up a picture of the Elizabethan world, putting the Bard’s work into context. From Venetian rapiers to Catholic reliquaries, there were objects that were linked to almost every one of his plays. It explored several historical factors that influenced the plays, including the development of mapping, the succession of James I and the age of discovery which brought an influx of foreign goods and people to London. My personal favourite was a portrait of Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, Moroccan Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I, who visited London in 1600. The British Museum had collaborated with the RSC to include video installations of famous monologues to accentuate the links between the objects and the plays. This trip was not only fascinating but also immensely useful in furthering our understanding of our A2 set texts.

By Katie Millard, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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