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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 7

The Shoe Digitisation Project team is currently working through our collection of mid-late 1960s women’s shoes. This selection were all made by Clarks and show the range of colourful heels and sandals available at the time.

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Shoes With Sole

Due to rationing in WWII, shoemakers had to find alternatives to leather. Called sea leather, their creative solution was to use brightly dyed fish skin!

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Shoe Digitisation Passes 100,000 Images Mark!

The Shoe Digitisation Project has just passed a massive milestone; we have now taken over 100,000 images of shoes! Since 2014, a dedicated team of professionals have been working on the project to clean, document, repackage and photograph our historic shoe collection. We now have a photographic record of over 7,000 shoes predating 1979, and […]

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Celebrating a ‘Roarsome’ Exhibition!

In September, the Alfred Gillett Trust hosted a hugely successful pop-up exhibition of fossilised ichthyosaurs found in Street as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative. Over 2,200 people attended the four day exhibition, which saw the fossils on display in the town they were found for the first time in 40 years. 16 […]

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Outdoor Cinema a Hit in Street

Film fans braved the summer showers this weekend to attend the first outdoor film festival in Street organised by Strode Theatre. Over 500 visitors enjoyed three nights of films on the big screen, in the grounds of the Grange, a Grade II manor house in the heart of Street which is home to the Alfred […]

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‘Sea Dragons of Somerset’ exhibition coming this September

This September, the Alfred Gillett Trust are hosting a free pop-up exhibition of fossilised ichthyosaurs found in Street as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative. From 7-10 September, the public can view the fossils and learn about how they were found and what they tell us about the local environment. 19 large ichthyosaur […]

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Volunteers Wanted for the Clarks Point of Sale Digitisation Project

  The Point of Sale (POS) collection is one of the biggest and most historically significant collections held by the Alfred Gillett Trust. Not only it is one of the largest collections of its kind in the UK, but one of the most complete. With objects ranging from 1851 to the present day, with only minor […]

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International Women’s Day Event Success

The Alfred Gillett Trust, a heritage charity based in Street, held a very successful 4-day celebration in honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March. Over 4 days, the Trust welcomed over 520 visitors to enjoy a range of free exhibitions, performances and activities to mark the 100-year-old global event aimed at celebrating the social, […]

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BRAND DESIGN COMPETITION – WIN £250

We are re-branding, with an innovative competition, which is aimed at providing local young people with an exciting opportunity for career development and cultivating network skills. The competition is open to 17-26 year olds who are not currently paid marketing/design professionals and will see the winner designing a new brand direction for the charity. The […]

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Being an Investigative Sleuth: Finding Andrew Johnson and Henry Kay Henrion

Whilst cataloguing and numbering the Point of Sale collection, I’ve come across many interesting things: symbols used as illustrators’ signatures, famous actresses and photographers collaborating with Clarks, plus angry starfish and dancing crocodiles. The angry starfish and dancing crocodiles we’ll come to another time, but the fun part of not knowing too much about graphic […]

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