Rare medieval painting found at Shakespeare's Schoolroom

A rare medieval painting of John the Baptist has been uncovered in Stratford-upon-Avon during the renovation of Shakespeare's old school.

The conservation team knew that remnants of the 15th century picture remained but did not expect a fully formed figure.

The discovery was made during the restoration of Shakespeare's Schoolroom which will open to the public in April as part of the events marking 400 years since his death.

Conservator Richard Lithgow, whose team made the discovery, said: