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Shoe Historian June Swann

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November 5, 2013 by Ville Raivio

In 1987, June Swann retired from her post as keeper of the shoe and boot collection at the Central Museum and Art Gallery in Northampton. Originally a geography graduate, she joined Northampton’s Central Museum in 1950 and delved deep into shoes for 38 years. She hasn’t rested on her laurels much after retiring as museums around the world have acknowledged her as one of the foremost experts on footwear. Museums regularly employ her to identify and date shoes in their collections. Apart from several publications on the history of shoemaking, Queen Elizabeth has awarded her an MBE in 1976 for her work at the Northampton Museum.

In the interview below, June Swann talks with The Independent about her passion, concealed shoes, shoemaking among Native Americans and Aboriginals, and tells us why shoes are the most personal choice in apparel.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/you-are-what-you-wear-on-your-feet-for-june-swann-a-boot-is-a-clue-to-personality-as-well-as-social-history-paula-weideger-talked-to-her-1542212.html


4 comments »

  1. Ville Raivio says:

    Heya!

    Then you’d best contact the good people at the Northampton Shoe Museum. If they don’t know, I’m not sure who would.

  2. Kyle Davis says:

    Hi, I am in need of some help. I would like to contact an shoe expert or historian, I think this could be an emergency and you might be able to save someones life. I am not joking, this is real.

  3. Ville Raivio says:

    Hello there,

    as far as I know, no such book exists. Clothing museums may help you better, so please head over to Metmuseum.org.

  4. orbin ash says:

    LOOKING FOR A BOOK TO IDENTAFY SHOES FROMTHE18TH CENTURY TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY IN AMERICA

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