An extraordinary exhibition that will take visitors on a journey around the world exploring the diff erent stages of life and the signifi cance of footwear is currently on display in Northampton ‘T e World at your Feet’ exhibition, which is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, follows the rites of passage that mark a person’s progress through life, including childhood, the coming of age, marriage and death. Cultures and traditions from around the world and the signifi cance of footwear are celebrated.
As well as footwear from the town’s world-famous shoe collection, there are loans from the Historic Royal Palaces and local people. Jane Seddon, shoe heritage development offi cer at Northampton Borough Council, said: “Footwear and fashion are worn to express our identity and culture and the stories and traditions from around the world that are uncovered in this exhibition have been a delight to discover. “
Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for museums, added: “Northampton is home to one of the very fi nest shoe collections in the world. Being chosen to be part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a huge privilege that gives us the opportunity to showcase our collection on an international stage.”
T e World at your Feet exhibition is on display at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery 23rd September. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free.