Part of the Cultural Olympiad, Global Footprint has been an 8 month celebration of Northamptonshire’s boot and shoe industry. We have researched and identified individual stories from towns and villages across the county and interviewed 40 individuals to create new films which illustrate how the trade has shaped and still influences the people of Northamptonshire. These have been displayed at museums, art galleries, into QR coded trails and beamed onto the walls and facades of shoe factories to reach huge audiences.
Click the link to view the project website www.northamptonshirebootandshoe.org.uk
Artist Aasen reflects on working in a space in an old Northampton factory which was once where clickers cut out the leather for shoes. His work has included tattooing Jeffery West shoes for customers.
Dick worked in a family business from Wollaston selling shoes from Northamptonshire factories. He reflects on the sad time when he and his father had to clear whole factories as they closed for the last time.
Peter Woodhams remembers working at John Whites in Rushden and saving for War Bonds during WW2 to raise money for a Spitfire fighter plane. The Ministry named the plane after the very army boots they were making - 'Impregnable'. This followed the tragic bombing of a shoe factory in the town which killed children in the neighbouring school the previous year.
Daniel answered an advert in the newspaper when Dr. Martens were looking for apprentices in their Wollaston factory. He has now experienced most aspects of production and sees a bright future in the shoe industry for his generation.