The Canal & River Trust is undertaking major maintenance and repair works on its only guillotine lock.
Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has described plans to build 800 homes near the cottage of Anne Hathaway as a "permanent scar".
At Ann Hathaway's cottage where Shakespeare courted his future wife a storm is approaching.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will today open a new exhibition featuring unique and priceless treasures from its collection – many of them on public display for the first time.
The only portrait of Shakespeare thought to have been painted from life will be the main feature. It was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2010.
Other rare items on display for the first time include the only surviving letter written to Shakespeare and a map of 'Shakespeare's county' of Warwickshire in 1576.
Campaigners in Stratford-upon-Avon have submitted proposals to The Queen to create a 'Shakespeare Day'.
The annual celebration would be similar to Burns Night in Scotland.
23rd April is St George's Day, but campaigners also want this day to be Shakespeare's Day, as this was the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Andy Bevan has the story.
Shakespeare enthusiasts have written to the Queen in hope of support for a national day of celebration in the playwright's name.
A team at the Tudor Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon is calling for a Shakespeare Supper Night to rival Scotland's Burns Night. It would be held on April 23rd – the date of his birth and death.
The team received a response from the Queen, telling them that she would forward the proposal to Maria Miller – the Culture Secretary.
Bloor Homes want to buy land near to Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery to build new homes.
The Communities Secretary Eric Pickle gave the deal the go-ahead but the County Council has said that it is against it.
The trust knows it can't rule out being forced to sell the land at some point.
Peter Kyle is the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
The Shakepeare Birthplace Trust has confirmed its opposition to selling land near to Anne Hathaway's cottage.
Developers, Bloor Homes, want the land for housing.
Earlier this year Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave permission for the deal to go through.
Residents and the council are also against the proposals but the Trust says it can't rule out being forced to sell.
More than a hundred people lobbied members of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust today to convince them not to sell land near Anne Hathaway's cottage to a developer.
The developer needs the land to build two housing estates. The trust and local councils have objected to the scheme but it was approved by the secretary of state. However Stratford council has now launched a legal challenge.
Martin Luscumbe, Chairman of 'Residents Against Shottery Expansion', is urging The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to not sell land which will be used to build 800 new homes in Shottery.
Over 100 campaigners gathered today in Stratford-upon-Avon today in opposition of two housing developments.
Over 100 protesters opposing the development of 800 new houses in Stratford-upon-Avon have held a demonstration today.
The campaigners gathered outside the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the town centre, in opposition of two new housing developments near the village of Shottery.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust owns some of the land needed for the project and the group, 'Residents Against Shottery Expansion', is lobbying trustees to block its sale.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has said it supports the campaigners efforts to overturn the decision to build the 800 new homes.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has issued the following statement after a protest outside its base in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier today.
It says it supports the campaigners efforts to overturn the decision to build 800 new homes on land near the village of Shottery, which is feared will ruin historic links to William Shakespeare's birth place.
"We fully appreciate the concerns of the lobby groups and the strength of local opposition to the proposed development. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was extremely disappointed by the Secretary of State's decision to grant the developers' appeal.
The Trust has been an objector to the proposed development and our position is unchanged. The Inspector himself and the Secretary of State acknowledge that there is some harm to the setting of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and a risk to tourism in Stratford arising from this development."
"Today's meeting is our regular, scheduled half-annual meeting of Trustees. Today will be the first opportunity for the Trustees to collectively discuss the implications of the appeal decision.
The situation is complex, and still evolving, so no decision will be made today about the Trust's next course of action in relation to Shottery. That will be a matter for Executive Trustees and the wider Board, as and when they have all the relevant information before them, and the input of our professional advisors. No date has been set for a decision about our next steps."
– Spokesperson, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
"We have been greatly encouraged that the overwhelming majority of people who have written to us about the Shottery situation have expressed such strong support for the virtues of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and our Shakespearean heritage and culture here in Stratford-upon-Avon."