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Colour photograph of a man in 1700 costume sitting in front of a fire making shoes. He rests his feet on a box of tools.


Shoes for the poorest countryman and Master during the golden age of shoemaking, 1660-1820
Thursday 27th April
6.30 - 8pm
£6 per person
Master cordwainer, shoe historian, and calceologist (shoe archaeologist) Brett Walker will introduce the topic of Northampton's renowned shoemaking industry during Britain's proto-industrial ascendancy in the global market, during an era when superlative-quality handmade shoes were still accepted as commonplace. Drawing on over 23 years’ experience as a traditionally educated boot- and shoemaker and professional historian, Mr. Walker presents an engaging look at what was one of the most common skilled trades in Great Britain. Highlights will include examples of shoes within the collection of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, and previously unpublished information on contemporary calceology discoveries.
Booking recommended.

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