Archives

Measuring Feet in the 21st Century

The Archive often deals with enquiries about foot measuring at Clarks and a new initiative has just been launched by the company which builds on its long heritage of foot fitting. An article on the BBC News website shows how iPads have been adapted for foot fitting and shows several examples of gauges from our […]

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Short hair for girls in the Clark family – can you solve the mystery?

Can you help with a mystery which has been bugging the Trust staff for some time? We have a large collection of photographs relating to the Clark and related families in Street, Somerset. Several of the young girls in the family wore their hair very short in late 19th century, and we have always been curious as […]

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Major Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Bath at Work

The World’s Most Travelled Shoe: Celebrating 65 Years of the Desert Boot 10 April – 31 October 2015 Come with us on a journey from Cairo to Burma to Chicago and Jamaica, across Death Valley in California, to 1960s Paris, and Weston-Super-Mare! Clarks has sold more than 10million pairs of Desert Boots in over 100 […]

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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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History of Greenbank Pool, Street goes on display

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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