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The stories behind the shoes

Women’s single brown leather and snakeskin court shoe.
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Lunchtime talks
Tuesday 9 May, 20 June, 11 July
1 - 1.30pm
£4 per talk or £10 for the whole series
A chance to meet senior shoe curator Rebecca Shawcross in this lunchtime talk series and learn more about some of the shoes in the collection. Booking recommended

Book a stories behind the shoes series ticket

Tuesday 9 May
1 - 1.30pm
First steps
Take a closer look at children’s shoes from baby bootees, first shoes and the classic school shoe.

Book a first steps talk

Tuesday 20 June
1 -1.30pm
The 1940s
Explore how shoe manufacturers reacted to wartime restrictions producing designs using a wide range of materials.

Book a 1940s talk

Tuesday 11 July
1 - 1.30pm
The Shoe Factory
A look at shoe factory life illustrated by photographs of factory interiors and employees from the shoe collection.

Book the shoe factory talk