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New digital Shakespeare map launches at Library of Birmingham

The Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map allows visitors to explore the life and work of the famous writer and his contemporaries

Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map
Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map

A new digital interactive map has been unveiled in the Library of Birmingham aimed at bringing the story of William Shakespeare to life.

The Shakespeare's Life and Legacy touch table map, which launches today, will allow visitors to explore the life, times and works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

It has been commissioned as part of the 2016 BBC Shakespeare Festival and features clips of well-known interpreters of Shakespeare, including actress Helen Mirren and late director Orson Welles, as well as historical documents and information about theatres and the locations of Shakespeare's plays.

Director of BBC England Helen Boaden said: "This touch table map brings to life the fascinating Shakespeare archives for everyone to explore in a brand new way.

"We're proud to be working with the Library of Birmingham and feel this project demonstrates what a great space our libraries are for public engagement."

The map is a collaboration between BBC Birmingham, BBC Archive Development, the Library of Birmingham and the University of Birmingham's Digital Humanities Hub and Shakespeare Institute.

Coun Penny Holbrook, the city council's cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, added: "Shakespeare's themes are so universal and relevant today that it is really important we continue to find new ways for his works to speak to people, particularly those who might feel that Shakespeare isn't for them."

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