National Treasures Live – Shakespeare Dig Stratford

Written by Rachel on August 20th, 2011

From here:

Wednesday 24 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 3/5

Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life – live to the nation’s living rooms. This week, the team are in Stratford-upon-Avon at an archaeological dig at Shakespeare’s home.

This is an impressive dig excavating the foundations of the New Place, a grand townhouse that Shakespeare bought and lived in for the last six years of his life. Dan and Sian get their hands dirty as they bury a time capsule, intended as a gift for the archaeologists of the future.

In a lively mix of film reports, a team of reporters and the nation’s favourite celebrities reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Ruby Wax explores the history of psychiatry and learns whether the first Victorian asylums were the hotbeds of sadism and cruelty that gothic tradition suggests.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning’s Hands On History. Details are available at

From here:

Live from Stratford Upon Avon, Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue their series celebrating the best in British history. In this programme, they investigate claims that William Shakespeare may not have been the author of the classic plays, and join an excavation at the house where he died. Plus, Ruby Wax takes a look at some of the grisly techniques that were used on patients inside Victorian asylums.


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