Best Foot Forward – A Look Back

  Another week and another Hands on History has come and gone. Last weeks session saw myself and Helen, one of our Front of House team, taking our new handling trolley for a spin through the galleries with an assortment of footwear to compliment our Downton Abbey exhibition in the the White Gallery.

We had a selection of footwear on show ranging from a pair of dress uniform shoes worn and kindly donated by an ex-Gurkha from the local commuity to an original pair of ladies ankle boots reputed to be the property of George Eliot herself, and a selection of boots, sandals and shoes from our ethnographic collections – some of which are shown below.

A pair of ankle boots, thought to have been owned by George Eliot.

A pair of ankle boots, thought to have been owned by George Eliot.

A Chinese boot for teenage girls with bound feet.

A Chinese boot for teenage girls with bound feet.

 

   

 

  

 

We run our Hands on History sessions on the 3rd Saturday of every month with our next one being: Under Doctor’s Orders on the 24th August which will be based around the provision of healthcare, ‘miracle’ cures, bandages and disease.

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