Mobility of Objects: Medieval shoes from the Grosvenor Museum, Chester
What did people wear on their feet and what did their shoes look like? This film is part of the Mobility of Objects Across Boundaries (MOB) network, a collaborative, interdisciplinary project funded by an AHRC network grant, which reconsiders the history of material culture in the period AD 1000-1700. This film starts with an introduction of the MOB project by Dr Leah R. Clark (The Open University) and Dr Katherine Wilson (University of Chester). This is followed by a close examination of leather medieval shoes by Elizabeth Montgomery (Collections and Interpretation Officer) in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. This film brings medieval feet to life, by showing how these rare surviving shoes still bear signs of use, where an individual’s toes have stretched the leather in places. Stitch holes also hint at how these shoes were made and recycled.