The Project

The concept of the project was the idea of Peter Dunn who was 'born and bred' in the valley and worked in the footwear industry as did his father and mother. As a young man he would spend manyHLF-logo days visiting the numerous footwear factories from large concerns like Lambert Howarth & Sons to small firms like Cee Jay Shoes at Bacup, the valley was vibrant and industrious. Many years later he re-visited his past and was shocked to see just how little was left. The sad death of his father was the trigger to do something so that the footwear industry would not be forgotten. He approached Heritage Lottery Fund with a plan to record the heritage and was granted £45,000 to spend one year to recruit a small team of volunteers and record the social history of the slipper industry and to share the accessible information with people who once worked in the industry and people interested in the industry. The work started in August 2013, the funding will end in August 2014 but the project will continue as a constituted community group so that we can continue to record and preserve the footwear heritage.