This exhibition celebrates one of the UK’s most important cultural assets: the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library – not just the first great Shakespeare library in the world, and the only great Shakespeare collection which belongs to all the people of a city.

Immerse yourself in the unique story of the people’s Shakespeare library. Learn about Birmingham’s pioneering ‘everything to everybody’ ethos. Ask yourself what culture means for you, your family and your community. Can it be a catalyst for positive change? Can Shakespeare help us to act, come together and shape the future of our cities now?

Everything to Everybody: Your Shakespeare, Your Culture is curated by the Royal Shakespeare Company Creative Placemaking & Public Programmes Team.


The ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, with funding contributed by National Lottery Heritage Fund.