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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Shoe Collection at Northamptonshire Museum & Art Gallery

Posted by: JHM Date: 06 Nov 2014

In September Sue Cummings and I visited the Northampton Shoe Museum to hear about the museum’s plans for expansion. The incredibly knowledgeable Shoe Resources Officer Rebecca Shawcross and Curator Jane Seddon took us to the shoe repository, the warehouse that houses some 12,000 pairs of shoes, accessories and shoemaking equipment and machinery.

It is an incredible sight and one of the finest footwear collections in the world. This rich resource, covering footwear design and fashion, manufacture, social and political history, is designated as being of national and international importance. As fashion marches on, however, the museum is always looking to develop its shoe collections through gifts and bequests and are especially interested in expanding their designer shoe collection.

This could be designer footwear from the mid-twentieth century including Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, André Courrèges and Mary Quant, to current designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Rupert Sanderson and Jimmy Choo. We would also be interested in any footwear designed by graduates of Cordwainers College.

If you can help, please contact Rebecca by emailing rshawcross@northampton.gov.uk