CHAC gets Soleful

South Somerset District Council Heritage Team from the Community Heritage Access Centre in Yeovil visited the Alfred Gillett Trust in Street, Somerset on Friday 10th October 2014. Alfred Gillett was a keen geologist and his collection of icthysaur remains forms an unusual part of the 25,000 shoes looked after by a dedicated team on behalf of Clark Shoes International.   We were shown around the existing storage area with 18th Century shoes to more recent ‘point of sale’ displays. Our research trip greatly increased our understanding of looking after shoes, particularly that of modern polyurethane (PU) shoes on leather uppers and isolating shoes for treatment. We then went through to the newly created store with roller racking and archival boxes. This marks the completion of a detailed conservation and photographic documentation of each shoe.  Lunch was then enjoyed nearby.DSCN0488

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