The Shoe Museum
The Shoe Museum
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The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and Medieval footwear. It also tells the history of Clarks from its beginnings when it was started by Quaker brothers James and Cyrus Clark to the present day.Items on display include embroidered satin Georgian shoes, Victorian button boots, Roman sandals, shoes from around the world, and the last designed for Princess Diana's wedding slipper. There are also Clarks shoes starting from the 19th century and posters and show cards including designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer who also worked on designs for the London Underground in 1915.There is also a reconstructed 19th century outworker's cottage interior.There are family trails available and a children's corner.
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hanloje
Dorset, UK62 contributions
May 2016 • Business
The museum is tucked away by the High Street Entrance but it is truly like a tardis and well worth a visit, wonder around looking at historic shoes with knowledgeable staff to help out, it gives a good overview of clarks through the ages too, recommended for passing away an afternoon.
Written August 12, 2016
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Patricia L
Glastonbury, UK17 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Abi said she'd been to the museum before but she would be happy to go again and so we found ourselves at the museum ready to have a look round. The history of the shoes is told in chronological order and the early ones look very uncomfortable. Abi's brother Finley was with us too and at every showcase we chose a pair we liked and gave a reason why. The suggestions were often silly but kept the interest going. When we got to the last few displays there were two pairs of shoes I instantly recognised as having owned when I was a little (lot!) younger. Filled with nostalgia I explained to my grandchildren what I remembered I had bought the shoes for and the occasions I had worn them but my granddaughter just laughed - for a long time. Bubble burst but time for the souvenir shop and going home. We all enjoyed our visit but I may go back by myself and see if there are other shoes to remind me of my youth.
Written September 10, 2016
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ejmk_2013
Weston super Mare, UK259 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
The Shoe Museum is a sweet little place tucked behind the shopping outlet across the road from the open air pool.

We went on Saturday 29th October and as well as an interesting 2 floors of shoe history (including a Roman sandal) the museum also had children's activities and Halloween masks etc to make.

My boys had a lovely half hour or so and the staff were really friendly. And the best bit was it was free!
Written November 5, 2016
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Louise C
Denbighshire, UK58 contributions
Oct 2019
The museum has shut with the collection being moved elsewhere. We only found this out on arriving at the museum as the website did not indicate anything
Written October 15, 2019
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KK48
Gillingham, UK620 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
A very interesting museum. Very informative history of shoes and footwear through the ages with fascinating history of Clark's shoes and the family. To find it is free admission is a real bonus. We would be happy to pay.
Written July 29, 2016
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Murder240
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May 2016 • Friends
I have been here several times. The history is interesting and some of the period/vintage shoes are so beautiful. Very easy to find and entry is free. Well worth a visit!
Written June 24, 2016
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Jenny E
Bridgwater, UK168 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We visited this Shoe Museum and were impressed that they had things for children to do in their half term holidays. Get the children to look for the large boot!

The museum was very well displayed, but you do need to climb stairs.
Written May 11, 2016
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123AlexBee
Somerset, UK160 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Been past here so many times but this time we went in and wow. Fantastic museum with some really interesting facts and exhibits. This would interest all ages. There are stairs to climb but space to leave buggies etc downstairs. Helpful friendly lady on front desk and actually a few things that you can afford to buy the kids. Top marks, we were there about an hour but you could stay longer. Parking in car park in road opposite .
Written April 29, 2016
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Graham M
Leighton Buzzard, UK82 contributions
Jun 2014 • Business
The Shoe Museum at entrance to Clarks head office is a small but packed collection of shoes through the ages. A fun half hour and free!
Written August 6, 2014
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Somerset Bunny
Glastonbury, UK86 contributions
Oct 2019
This museum has now closed. Its artefacts are being relocated to the Alfred Gillet Trust which is based at The Grange behind Clarks Village retail outlet, which at the moment is also closed but will reopen in April 2020
Written November 6, 2019
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