The Eckersley Shakespeare Trust was formed primarily by colleagues who knew the work of Sylvia Eckersley directly through attending her numerous workshops and lectures. They recognized the unique contribution her lifetime of research had made to Shakespearean studies and saw the vital need to preserve the content of this research work so that it could be made available to future students and scholars who might also be ‘caught’ by the potency and potential of her insight.


The Trust is keen to see the scholarly continuance of that research for which Sylvia Eckersley gave the lead, especially the furtherance of our understanding of the role and nature of Number and Geometry in the field of creative activity and particularly in the plays of William Shakespeare. Concerning these plays Sylvia was convinced that an understanding of Number Structure and Geometrical Form would lead to a significant extending of our appreciation of these same works and their cultural mission coming to light in our time.


"For several decades Miss Eckersley has been carrying out a meticulously detailed investigation of the geometrical proportions in Shakespeare’s plays. Her findings have implications which go far beyond their own intrinsic interest which is very considerable in its own right. They throw light upon the significance of the division into acts, conventionally regarded as of small importance; they elucidate the meaning of many obscure lines and passages; on a practical level, they suggest new approaches to production and performance; and they raise urgent questions about the nature of creative activity."

                                                       -Vivian Law, Reader in the History of Linguistic Thought & Fellow of Trinity College

The Trust was formed in October 2000 with support from Vivian Law, Lady Shackleton (Reader in the History of Linguistic Thought at Cambridge University and Fellow of Trinity College) and Professor Robert Nigel Alexander (Glasgow Academy, St. Andrews University, Magdalen College Oxford), colleagues in whom Sylvia had found a wealth of support and encouragement. The Trustees were also extremely grateful for the support of the late Henry Herbert, the 17th Earl of Pembroke, who was well aware of Sylvia’s studies concerning Wilton House, his ancestral home.


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