See famous shoe collection at Canons Ashby

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, have worked in partnership with Canons Ashby to exhibit some of their shoe and boot collection.'Pictured in the nursery are late victorian children's boots.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, have worked in partnership with Canons Ashby to exhibit some of their shoe and boot collection.'Pictured in the nursery are late victorian children's boots.

Parts of the world famous Northants shoe collection will be helping to attract a new range of visitors to Canons Ashby for the rest of this year.

The pop-up installation will tell the story of the people, who once would have lived at the National Trust stately home, through the shoes they wore. The types of shoes that would have been worn by the gardener, maid, cook and members of the Dryden family will be featured.

The story of the Dryden family is a window into the history of the British Empire and the installation will feature shoes they wore during their travels to places like Japan.

The initiative has been made possible thanks to £47,000 funding awarded to Northampton Borough Council’s museum service by the Arts Council England. It is hoped the display will lead to pop ups in other National Trust properties.

Laura Malpas, operations manager at Canons Ashby, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Northampton Museum over this fascinating project. We love to tell stories about the people who lived here at Canons Ashby, and using personal possessions such as shoes to bring those who have gone before us to life is a perfect illustration.

“The story of a hard working servant wearing worn and serviceable shoes is just as fascinating as that of the silk slippers of the high born lady.”

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby-house/ or www.northampton.gov.uk/museumcollections.