Fashion is often looked at to mark and note the changes in history. The styles of clothing can express societal values and changes in the political climate from conservative war time attire to more expressive styles in the 70's. However this art show at Lynn Museum takes a different route, focusing on footwear. Showcasing the museums collection of historical footwear there are pieces that were used in everyday life and those which were only worn on special occasions. The collection includes delicate textiles and handcrafted items which have been preserved and cared for. You can learn a lot from the fashions of the time but can we learn something about society from the footwear people used to wear? This is definitely a unique art show, are you ready to walk a mile in historical shoes?
Based at King Lynn's central museum this collection is a combination of the museums pieces alongside collections from the Norfolk Museum Service. Pieces on show include shoes from the 1920's which were inspired by the love of Egyptian culture, a pair designed for Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and shoes from the 60's and 70's which really define the era. The displays are full of historical facts about the reasons shoe design changed and what inspired the looks. The shoes from the 1920's are interesting as they demonstrate obsessions with Egyptian culture and fashion at the time. Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered by Howard Carter who spent much of his childhood in the Norfolk town of Swaffham. It is clear to see that the footwear fashions of the day were inspired by historical events.
The Museum has free entry between 1st October 2017 until 31st March 2018 so visit the show before the end of March for a free look around. At all other times the following prices are charged:
Adult: £4.35 Concession: £4.15 Child: £3.50 Family Ticket: (1 Adult & children) £11.10 Family Ticket: (2 Adults & children) £14.80 Twilight Ticket: (Entry 1 hour before closing) £1
This exhibition is set to offer a unique look at historical fashions. Can the footwear of the day tell us about what was happening in society? Head down to Kings Lynn Museum and visit the Shoes! show to find out.