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

Neil Bollen and the Latin Verse MachineThis 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 and jiggling to come for Eureka whilst tucked up in a transit van heading down the M5 across the county boundary.

Neil also took some detailed measurements of the machine’s external dimensions, since Eureka doesn’t fit through a standard doorway (perhaps this explains why the machine has never been kept in a Clark family house – since its arrival in Street in the 1850s, it has stayed instead in the Clarks shoe factory or in the museum!).

Neil Bollen and the Latin Verse MachineThe Trust is now making arrangements with Neil to fix on a removal date, hopefully in the next week or so. It will be the first time that Eureka has left Street for probably over 150 years. When it returns, the machine will be in good working order and worthy of its status of one of the Trust’s star objects.

More news to follow as the project progresses during 2015…

Eureka Preparing First Trip For 150 years…

Neil Bollen and the Latin Verse MachineEureka is preparing to go on the move for the first time in 150 years…

Neil Bollen and the Latin Verse MachineThis 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.

Neil Bollen and the Latin Verse MachineNeil took the opportunity to secure the various mechanisms and weights against the shaking and jiggling to come for Eureka whilst tucked up in a transit van heading down the M5 across the county boundary.

Neil also took some detailed measurements of the machine’s external dimensions, since Eureka doesn’t fit through a standard doorway (perhaps this explains why the machine has never been kept in a Clark family house – since its arrival in Street in the 1850s, it has stayed instead in the Clarks shoe factory or in the museum!).

The Trust is now making arrangements with Neil to fix on a removal date, hopefully in the next week or so. It will be the first time that Eureka has left Street for probably over 150 years. When it returns, the machine will be in good working order and worthy of its status of one of the Trust’s star objects.

History of Greenbank Pool, Street goes on display

Swimming Gala at Greenbank Pool, Street in 1960

Swimming Gala at Greenbank Pool, Street in 1960

A series of exhibition panels demonstrating the history of one of Somerset’s few remaining lidos, Greenbank Pool in Street, have recently gone on permanent display. Created using a combination of records and photographs held in the Alfred Gillett Trust Archive and images generously donated by members of the public the panels highlight the history of the pool, its staff and some of its four and a half million visitors.

The art deco style pool, which was built following the wishes of Alice Clark (1875-1934), opened to the public for the first time May bank holiday 1937; Greenbank Pool has opened for the summer season the same weekend every year since.

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Shoes on Loan for New Georgian Exhibition

A sneak preview – the shoes packed for transport to Bath

A sneak preview – the shoes packed for transport to Bath

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 of mezzotints of Georgian women and their commentary on social status in Britain in the late eighteenth century. Women’s social standing could be remarkably fluid and still very much constrained during that period: actresses became gentlemen’s mistresses and enjoyed luxurious but precarious privileges; many women became their own mistresses and ran businesses of various kinds. Morality was subject to vigorous criticism via the printed media of the day.

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The Story of Our Style

Clarks Montage Graphic

Recently the AGT were pleased to be able to provide some of our historic Point of Sale material to help create a retail display graphic for Clarks shops.

Contained in a grid of Clarks shoe boxes, more than 120 separate images were created and photographed. Props include material drawn from our archive, iconic products, footwear paraphernalia, materials and accessories, along with type used to spell out key words that have motivated the brand throughout its 189 year history.

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Point of Sale Items Photographed for Clarks Project

The Alfred Gillett Trust were able to take part in an exciting partnership with the Clarks marketing department this week to help develop new displays for Clarks shops. We provided a local photographic studio with a range of different pieces of historic point of sale, the advertising material which is sent to shops every season.

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