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This modern building situated between Shakespeare's Birthplace and the visitors' center, consists of a library and a records office. The library, devoted to Shakespeare, brings together two important collections that embrace all aspects of his work. This includes early editions and original copies. The library, which used to be part of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, also houses the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company, complete with records of all productions, copies of programs and newspaper articles and a fascinating collection of photographs. Sound and video recordings of this great company are also available for viewing. The records office contains Shakespearean material of national importance together with a fine local history library including local newspaper files from 1806.
A quarter of a mile from the center of Warwick lies an early Jacobean house devoted to the social history of Warwickshire. St John's House Museum is filled with displays that take you back in time, including a costume gallery and a 19th-century kitchen, parlor and schoolroom. Watch out for the Victorian children waiting for their lessons! St. John's House is also home to the Museum of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, featuring its military uniforms and medals. There are delightful gardens here with enclosed, grassy picnic areas.
The Royal Pump Rooms now house a variety of cultural assets. Today not only can you admire the stunning architecture but you can also explore life in a Victorian spa town, relax in the magnificent Turkish room and discover the water treatments which were once used in the Pump Rooms' hey day. You can also wander round the library, view art exhibitions in the art gallery and museum, book theater tickets at the Tourist Information Center or indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at the patisserie bistro.