Heritage Open Days 2018

6th to 16th September 2018

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

10am to 5pm Daily


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.

Join the Alfred Gillett Trust as we explore Extraordinary Women who come from or have influenced Street.

The Trust is excited to announce our first ever photography exhibition of images created by our in-house photography team who have spent the last few years digitising our collection of thousands of historic shoes, some dating back to the Roman period.

The beautiful court shoe featured above was designed by C & J Clarks 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.

Entry is FREE!