The Brass Rubbing Centre is found on Avon Bank Gardens in central Stratford-upon-Avon. Most prominent in Medieval and Tudor times, brasses illustrated the upper class and well respected members of a community such as priests, knights, merchants and scholars. Brass portraits were also produced to commemorate loved ones who had passed away.
These brasses are of the utmost historical importance as they provide a glimpse in to the past. Dress, family trees, trade, and social customs are all documented through the use of brass.
At the Brass Rubbing Centre, visitors can choose between hundreds of brass facsimiles that can be rubbed to create a truly unique souvenir of the visit. Choices differ between a traditional Celtic design, Henry VIII or even Shakespeare himself. Friendly staff members are at hand to provide specialist instruction and the necessary materials required to create a perfect brass rubbing. The building is accessible to all, as it has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. The activity is also suitable for those with learning difficulties.
A visit to the Centre will take roughly one hour. It is aimed towards the younger generation, however it offers an interactive and hands-on approach to the history of Stratford and its famous inhabitants that everybody can enjoy.
Entrance to the Brass Rubbing Centre is free; with a small charge per brass rubbing you create that varies depending on the style and complexity. Other keepsakes for sale in the centre include commemorative plaques, stationary, jewellery and a fascinating array of historical gifts.
Summer House, Avon Bank Gardens, Southern Lane, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6XP