For anyone interested in concealed shoes, I’ll be giving a talk at the Middleton Archaeological Society entitled ‘Archaeology in the Attic: Concealed Shoes & Protective Magic’ this coming Thursday (November 26th 2015). The talk will be held at 7:30pm in The Olde Boar’s Head, Long Street, Middleton – a very apt location, considering that this lovely black and white timber structure, said to date from 1587, contains a concealed shoe of its own. During restorations in the 1980s, a child’s shoe was discovered in the southern staircase. The builders decided to re-conceal it and so there it remains, mere feet (no pun intended) away from where I’ll be tossing around theories for why such shoes were concealed in the first place.
Please feel free to come, and take a look at the Middleton Archaeological Society’s website for information about what they’re doing and upcoming events.