The rare first edition of William Shakespeare’s works have gone on display in a new museum at a public school.
The copy of the 1623 First Folio – the first printed collection of his pieces at the exhibition in the Old chapel Museum at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.
It sits next to the items that belonged to Tudor and Stuart royalty
A spokeswoman for the school, near Clitheroe, said the museum was “the culmination of five years of work in conservation and research.”
The copy of the folio was bequeathed to the institution by former pupil Lord Arundel.
William Shakespeare ‘ s First Folio
The bard wrote more than 37 games, 36 of which are included in the First Folio
It was compiled seven years after his death by his fellow actors and friends, John Heminges and Henry Condell
It is the only source for 18 of his plays, including “Macbeth”
The folio is credited with the basic will to survive of his literary legacy
It is thought that 800 copies were produced, of which 233 are believed to still exist
Another copy of the folio said, the most important work in English literature – was in the collection of the University, which began in the vicinity of Calais, in the years 1593 to provide a Catholic education for English boys.
However, that “well-used” edition in France, have been assumed to be “overlooked” when the College was ordered to leave the country, in 1762, before finally moving to its present home in Lancashire in 1794.
The exhibits also include a Victoria cross awarded to a former student, and for the possession of Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots and Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Yvonne Herrick, the college development director, said: “The circle shows the globe, from prehistory to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, bring the visitors through the 5000 years of civilization, until the turn of the present century.”
The prestigious school was visited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, and appeared in the 1990 hit film Three men and a Little Lady.
The museum is open to the public for booked tours.