Friday, June 21, 2013

Shoe exhibition at Canons Ashby

From mid July the National Trust's Canons Ashby will host an exhibition of ahoes shoes from Northampton's world famous shoe heritage collection.Those interested in heritage and stories about people from the past will find the installation particularly appealing. It tells the story of the people who once would have lived at Canons Ashby through the shoes they wore. The types of shoes that would have been worn by the gardener, maid, cook and members of the Dryden family will be featured. There will be shoes linked to those worn by Dryden family members who sat for the portraits hanging in the house. The story of the Dryden family's links with the British Empire and travels through countries like Japan will also be explored through the shoes on display. This exhibition is part of a wider drive to raise awareness of Northampton's world-class shoe collection and make it accessible to new audiences by taking items from the collection into non-museum venues. The initiative has been made possible thanks to £47,000 funding awarded to Northampton Borough Council's museum service by the Arts Council England. It is hoped the display will lead to other National Trust properties hosting similar exhibitions. The museum service is currently in talks with a major London retailer to showcase another installation that focuses on contemporary shoe fashion designers. In October Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will also host a free seminar (£10 towards the cost of lunch and refreshments) to share the initiative's findings with museums, visitor attraction managers, retailers, academics, students and others interested in the science of displaying shoes innovatively. To register interest in attending email or telephone 01604 838111.

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