Soul to Sole, the history through a shoes exhibition

Soul To Sole was conceived as a way to draw together the varied stories of multiple protagonists in one place, through a deceptively simple item with which we are all familiar and which contains many a hidden tale: a pair of shoes. It would be impossible to enumerate every person who has walked through Croome Court, but this installation gives us pause to consider the sheer breadth of experience of the multitude of souls who have lived in, worked at and visited this unusual place.

Croome Court is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive landscaped parkland at Croome D’Abitot, near Pershore in south Worcestershire, England. The mansion and park were designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry, and were Brown’s first landscape design and first major architectural project. Some of the mansion’s rooms were designed by Robert Adam. The mansion house is owned by Croome Heritage Trust, and is leased to the National Trust which operates it as a tourist attraction. The National Trust owns the surrounding parkland, which is also open to the public.

Step into the basement of Croome Court and discover characters from Croome’s long history encapsulated within a pair of shoes. With its centuries of history, Croome resonates with the souls of all those who have trodden its well-worn floors. Today, you will encounter a series of intricate installations that represent some of Croome’s lesser known characters, from the 15th century to the 1980’s, alongside the favourites, all of whom have contributed to Croome’s rich history. Creative practitioners from various disciplines employed their active imaginations to create a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory installation, telling Croome’s fascinating stories through the transformation and reinterpretation of pairs of shoes, and the 1950s shoe rack in which they are presented.