The actual shoes from HOLESGROVE Shoe & Bootmakers! - (52 weeks - Week 40)
Someone once suggested that in order to preserve all the research work we do into our families, we include a provision for it, in our Will, to be archived correctly, like donating all the certificates, family trees etc to a related Family History Society. Some of our children may be just as addicted to the research hobby as ourselves, but some may not be. So that may be a really good idea!
When we speak of 'all our research', do we just mean the online family trees, the reams of DOB's, Marriages, Christenings, Burials and Censuses? What about the keepsakes from our own children; those kindergarten paintings we've kept and now those kids are parents themselves! Can we store all those papers, crafts and special things that mean so much to us now?!
In 1854, WILLIAM HOLESGROVE, Boot & Shoemaker at 66/67 Burlington Arcade, Picadilly, London, died. One Hundred and Fifty Seven years later, (2011) when someone read my blog about WILLIAM HOLESGROVE as a shoemaker in Burlington Arcade, they emailed me to say that someone had donated a pair of ladies shoes, dated by experts from the early 1800's, to their museum, with the following label inside: HOLESGROVE BOOT & SHOE MAKER, 67 BURLINGTON ARCADE, PICCADILLY!
WOW! Unfortunately I haven't yet seen the shoes, and I'm not sure if they were just on loan to the museum, but thank you to the person who kept this pair of shoes! It made my year to see the photos they sent me with the label clearly legible inside the pearly silk dainty soft shoes!