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The Folio is back!

Craven's Shakespeare First Folio arrived safely back at Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton on 15 July following its short visit to the Yorkshire Museum in York.

The 1623 collection of the Bard's plays was part of an exchange that was arranged to celebrate the Yorkshire Festival and the York Literature Festival. In return for the Folio, Craven Museum & Gallery received two beautiful Iron Age torcs (bracelets) which are thought to be the oldest pieces of gold jewellery ever found in the North of England.

In York, 32,000 visitors enjoyed seeing the remarkable book, where it was the main attraction for a number of public events. These included an unforgettable after-hours screening of the 1999 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to celebrate the Summer Solstice on Saturday the 21 June. Guest spent a magical midsummer night at the Museum with a complimentary glass of wine and the opportunity to see the beautiful rare book. Councillor Simon Myers said "We are delighted that the Folio was enjoyed by so many people and hope that it will inspire many more visitors to come and see it in its usual display here in Skipton."

The Folio was donated to Craven Museum & Gallery in 1936 by Ann Wilkinson who had been left the book by her brother John James. The Wilkinson family spun cotton at Primrose Mill in Embsay from 1854. By 1890 the cotton had been replaced by the manufacture of tobacco.

Craven's First Folio, only one of five in the world to be on permanent display can be seen Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10.00-4.00 in Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall.

Press Release date 8th August 2014