The charity responsible for taking care of the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in Stratford-upon-Avon has announced initial plans to recover from the severe financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust plans to reopen Shakespeare's Birthplace this summer but has stated its other sites - Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's New Place, Hall's Croft and Mary Arden's Farm - will remain closed until at least Spring 2021.

Although these four sites won’t be open to the public, they will continue to be protected and conserved. 

The charity is also consulting with its employees about an organisational structure which reflects the reduced scale of operations. 

The Trust is an independent charity that normally generates 98% of its own income, dependent on its ability to welcome 850,000 visitors each year. The Trust’s historic sites, shops and cafes have been closed since mid-March due to coronavirus, with a resulting loss of almost 90% of income.

The Trust's income is reinvested in the ongoing conservation of and access to the Shakespearian heritage and collections in its care.

The income also delivers learning resources and programmes for people of every age and stage of interest. These include the award-winning Shakespeare Week programme, which involves more than two million primary school children a year across the UK.

For further information about Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, visit: shakespeare.org.uk