May 28, 2022

UK: One of the Largest Shoe Collections in the World Will Be Catalogued Online

From the BBC:

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery holds 12,000 pairs of shoes, from David Beckham’s football boots to shoes dating back to 1000BC.

Northampton Borough Council hopes to put an image and description of every shoe online to “inspire” designers and generate income from image licensing.


The museum has been collecting shoes since the 1870s and in 1997 the archive was recognised for its international importance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Bosses now hope to put the collection online by 2016, thanks to a £70,000 grant from the Arts Council.

Read the Complete Article, View a Few Images of Shoes in the Museums Collection

See Also: Grant Announcement from Arts Council

See Also: Learn More About the Museum ||| Flickr Stream ||| Highlights from the Shoe Collection

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