Collections Category

Digging in the Clarks Archives

Our Research Archivist Tim Crumplin was recently interviewed for the Clarks Originals website and gave a guided tour of our facilities and collections. He explores everything from the importance of archives and the significance of the iconic Desert Boot, to the future aspirations of the Trust. Read the interview here.

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Killer Heels

The Alfred Gillett Trust not only takes care of Clarks shoes, but also shoes belonging to many other companies. World War II had a huge impact on footwear fashion through the 1940s, and continued to influence trends during the 1950s. High heels were banned in 1942 as part of the war effort, when there was a restriction on […]

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The Trust Waves Goodbye to Eureka

Last Thursday, Neil Bollen (metal conservator), Neil’s son Rupert and Alma Rahat (University of Exeter) came to Street and took the Eureka machine away to be conserved and given lots of TLC in an AHRC project. Moving the machine proved rather a challenge. As shelving had been installed in the storeroom around the machine, it […]

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Lions and Buffaloes and Bears

The Alfred Gillett Trust recently acquired a set of three plywood animals which had been used for displays in Peter Lord shoe shops in the 1970s. They make a lovely addition to the shop furnishings and retail display material that we collect alongside the footwear and archive collections.

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Eureka is preparing to go on the move for the first time in 150 years…

This week, metal conservator Neil Bollen came to The Grange, Street, to view the Latin Verse Machine in situ and to start getting it ready to transport down to a temporary workshop at the University of Exeter for the Eureka AHRC Project. Neil took the opportunity to secure the various mechanisms and weights against the shaking […]

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Shoes on Loan for New Georgian Exhibition

Recently, five shoes from the collections travelled to Bath for installation in the new exhibition at No. 1 Royal Crescent, Portrait of a Lady? Ruin and reputation in the Georgian Era. Of the five, three had been in storage for many years. The shoes were selected by the team at Bath to complement the display […]

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