In celebration of yet more London shoe exhibitions - Camper Shoes at the Design Museum and the display RAYNE Shoes for Stars at the Fashion and Textile Museum - both the Design Museum and the Fashion and Textiles Museum have come together to explore the history of London shoes and the fashion heritage of SE1, with a walking tour of London’s oldest leather making district.
Following a 45 minute tour at the Fashion and Textile Museum (that includes their other current exhibition, Riviera Style), walkers will be taken to Bermondsey Street, a designated London conservation area that retains its historical architectural character from the days of leather and wool production, before touring the Design Museum.
The history of Bermondsey
Bermondsey Street owes its growth to the leather trade; elevating itself from slum to wealthy industrial centre with the arrival of industrial plants, docks and immigrant housing. All the necessary components for the expansion of the trade could be found in Bermondsey, being placed near enough to the open countryside and the London butchers to get the animal hides and enjoying a constant supply of water and cheap labour, as well as finding oak bark for tanning close at hand. In 1792 a third of the leather in the country came from Bermondsey, and the area was redeveloped during the 19th and 20th centuries following the growth in river trade and the arrival of the railways. This is the rich world into which walkers on the Life on Foot: Fashion Heritage Walking Tour will step.
|What||Life on Foot: Fashion Heritage Walking Tour|
Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3XF | MAP
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
On 06 Jun 15, 11.15am Meet at Fashion and Textile Museum to register for walk with 45 minutes to see RAYNE Shoes for Stars and Riviera Style exhibition. 12noon Walking tour departs Fashion and Textile Museum. 1pm Arrive Design Museum to see Camper exhibition
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