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.
SHAKESPEARE AND RACE
If you are researching Shakespeare and Race, the Library & Archive has a wealth of resources which you may find of interest. Our Performance Archive contains many productions with a diversity of performers, such as Richard II in 2018, which had a cast comprising only women of colour. In addition, we have global productions, such as the 1996 Umabatha, The Zulu Macbeth, and the 2012 Indian Tempest, part of the Globe-to-Globe Festival which also included Q Brothers’ Hip Hop Othello. We also have recordings of Globe Education’s 2018 Shakespeare and Race Festival, including panel discussions, Q & As and workshops. Finally, we have a selection of books in the Library which focus on premodern critical race studies.
The Archive materials mentioned above are just a sample of our Collection. Our Archive Catalogue can be searched here: If you would like help to find what you want, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist you.
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
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.
Library & Archive Co-ordinator
Collections and Content Curator
Pete Le May