After my earlier post about science in unlikely places I thought it appropriate to briefly mention Shakespeare in an unexpected place. I visited the Gloucester History Festival last weekend and one of the events I attended was a tour of the Shire Hall. The highlight of the tour was chance for members of the public to see the 17th century Flemish tapestry of Ulysses without anyone standing in the way!
I had a totally uninterrupted view of this splendid artwork, many of the colours look as vibrant as the day they were first stitched onto the canvas.
Outside of the Shire Hall there was a tiny plaque high on the wall marking the site of the former Booth Hall and with the added note that "here Shakespeare probably acted". There are a lot of historic buildings to see in Gloucester but I had not expected a Shakespearean connection.