New Fossil Exhibition Open!
This October half-term, the Alfred Gillett Trust are hosting a free pop-up exhibition of fossilised ichthyosaurs found in Street. From 29 October to 3 November, the public can view the fossils and learn about their discovery and what they tell us about the local environment. There will be a selection of roar-some kids activities taking […]
Footwear in Focus for Heritage Open Days in Street
Do something new and join the FREE exhibitions being held at the Grange in Street, specially curated by the Alfred Gillett Trust for Heritage Open Days, England’s largest annual festival of history and culture. Put your best foot forward and let your eyes delight at our ‘Footwear in Focus’ photography exhibition. Charting the evolution and […]
Shoe Digitisation Project Update 3
Between 2-13 March we documented, cleaned, photographed and repacked over 160 shoes for the Shoe Digitisation Project. These were men’s and women’s shoes dating from 1960-1969. Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye! Click on the images to see the full slideshow.
Footwear Digitisation Project Update
The Alfred Gillett Trust’s footwear digitisation project has now been running for 10 weeks, so it seems a good time to publish an update on our progress. We have encountered our fair share of teething problems, but to date we have photographed 224 shoes, producing 1,602 high quality digital images. The process of preparing the […]
Shoe Digitisation Project Update 6
The Shoe Digitisation Project team is currently working through our collection of early 1960s women’s shoes. This weeks selection were all made by Clarks and show the range of colourful heels available at the time. Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye over the past two weeks. Click on the images […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]