Heritage Open Days 2018

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6th to 16th September 2018, 10am to 5pm daily

Join our FREE exhibitions specially curated for Heritage Open Days 2018. Immerse yourself in a history of footwear through the photographs which bring them to life and explore tales of the extraordinary women linked to the global footwear company C & J Clark.

Footwear in Focus

Put your best foot forward and let your eyes delight! A photography exhibition charting the evolution of footwear captured as part of a project to digitise the footwear of Clarks through the ages.

Extraordinary Women Archive Exhibition

From a local hero tasked with the education of the workers to a fashion designer collaboration with the global footwear company Clarks, who will be your favourite?!


Single left women’s black satin court shoe with red embroidered decoration; Clarks Tor, 1931

The beautiful court shoe featured above was designed by C & J Clark’s first female director, Alice Clark. Alice became a company Director and Manager of the Machine Room in 1903 with responsibility for sampling, fitting and testing new lasts and is a wonderful example of the digitisation work being undertaken by the Trust.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.