Experienced Hands exhibition to give insight into traditional shoemaking

Frederick Hall's oil painting titled Experienced Hands - The art of the shoemaker
Experienced hands - the art of the shoemaker
Published: Friday, 11 November 2016

A new exhibition, titled Experienced Hands – the Art of the Shoe Maker, is opening at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 12 November.

Using Frederick Hall’s Experienced Hands oil painting as a starting point, the exhibition will investigate the tools and techniques of traditional shoe making, using objects from the shoe collection at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.

The exhibition, which runs until 19 February 2017, will be supported by a number of related activities during November, December and January. The activities include a shoemaking demonstration on 12 November between 10am and 4pm, with Peter Prince, an independent shoe and boot maker who has worked alongside some of the original, traditional shoemakers of Northampton. 

In addition there will be a number of lectures on subjects such as Factory Life in the shoe and boot industry, shoe fashion through the years and a talk by Peter Perkins on Northampton’s Shoe and Boot heritage.

Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Safety, Cllr Anna King, said: “We are really proud of Northampton’s boot and shoe heritage and the Experienced Hands exhibition and the surrounding activities are perfect for showcasing our history, the traditional techniques used and the shoemaking tools and objects that museum has collected.”

The Experienced Hands – the Art of the Shoe Maker exhibition and demonstrations are free to attend.

For more information about the talks taking place, which cost £5 each or £12.50 for the whole series, please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/museumworkshops

Book your place at a talk by calling 01604 837397.