Northampton Borough Council’s museum service cares for the largest collection of objects charting the history of shoesin the world. The collection is designated as being of national and international significance and consists of 12,000 shoes and 50,000 archival records including documentary footage and fine art.
The ground floor of Northampton Museum is dedicated to the display of footwear from ancient Egyptian times through to the present. The Shoe Lounge showcases current designers and manufacturers and provides a relaxing space to drink coffee. It is also available to hire.
Due to our major museum expansion project, unfortunately we have to suspend our enquiries service and loans from the collection. We will continue to accept enquiries related to the shoe collection, but these will have a longer response time. Our schools loans service will also continue as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause.