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Matthew McCormack - A Personal History of Shoes

  • Location Buxton
  • Price from £10.00


If you have been on the Buxton Crescent Experience, you will have noticed the mysterious shoe in the restoration room. The shoe was discovered beneath the floor during the refurbishment, but nobody has ever really known who it belonged to or why it was there. 

 We might now have the answer! Professor Matthew McCormack of Northampton University has been recently published on the topic of shoes in Georgian society, so we showed him our unearthed footwear and asked for his thoughts. 
Matthew is going to tell everybody what he thinks the story of our shoe is, why it is there and who it may of belonged to at his historical talk on Wednesday 22nd February at 7pm in The Assembly Rooms.
Matthew tells us ‘Shoes are deeply personal objects. They say a great deal about us and the roles that we play in society. They also have a unique connection with their wearer, since they mould to our body and bear its imprint. In many cultures, the shoe is taken to stand for its owner, embodying their personality or their spirit. They tell stories about our lives and, as such, provide very rich sources for historians.’
As well as our shoe, Matthew will explore the history of shoes, and will think about the importance of shoes for their wearers. He will discuss his research on the Georgian period but will also bring the story of shoes up to the present day and will also bring along some objects for a hands-on demonstration.

Purchasing tickets for this talk grants you 30% off tickets for The Harriet Eccleston - Herstory in the making talk (Wednesday 1st March)
Standard: £15
Concessions /Student £12
Friends: £10
Recommended age 12+ Wednesday 22nd February

Pre-show drinks - 6.30 - 7pm Talk - 7.00 - 8.30pm - with an interval

Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BH


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