Spring Display

"Best Foot Forward"

Contributed by Phillipa Malins

Our 2016 Spring display looks at footwear from the last 250 years.  From 18th century wooden pattens, worn to raise the shoes out of the mud, through 1830s silk boots (on loan to us from Worthing Museum) and impossibly narrow leather boots from the early 20th century, to modern chic. 

We have included a pair of workhouse child's boots, steel rimmed with neither a left nor right, a Polish aristocrat's pre-war boots from his London bootmaker, some beautifully made wartime utility shoes and a pair of dizzingly high velvet platform soles which have been made into a set of bookends! 

The display will run until June so please do come in to view this eclectic exhibition.

Newnham's, one of Cuckfield's best known shoemakers
Wooden pattens, C18th
Silk half boots, 1830s

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