The Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers were delighted to take part in welcoming HRH The Duke of Gloucester to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on 30 June 2022.
Few institutions remain dedicated to their core purpose after so many centuries and Cordwainer links with Northampton, the home of British shoe manufacturing, are particularly strong. The Cordwainers provide scholarships and bursaries to footwear design students, notably those at the University of Northampton.
Master of the Cordwainers, Peter Lamble (himself the chairman of Start-Rite Shoes) said,
‘It was a pleasure to introduce His Royal Highness to members of the Company who work in Northampton and who have done so much to support students at Northampton University. They included members of the Church family, and Guy West co-founder of Jeffrey-West Shoes.
‘The Cordwainers value their links with the town and were proud to support the redevelopment of the wonderful new Shoe Gallery here in the museum.’