Congress on footwear and leather from the middle ages and modern times


In the soil of many cities as well as other sites in the Netherlands and Flanders, leather is relatively well preserved. Leather findings from the low countries are, therefore, a major contribution to our knowledge of footwear and shoe fashion in the Middle Ages and in modern times. Although it is frequently found, only a small group of researchers study this very interesting material. Many work in a specific town, so the sharing of knowledge, the exchange of methods and the exchange of specific techniques is limited.


In order to connect researchers, and to allow them to present recent research, share knowledge and their experiences, the Heritage Department of the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands has taken the initiative, together with leather researcher Marquita Volken, to organize a congress on the theme of leather and footwear from the Middle Ages and modern times.


The congress will be held on  May 25th, in the ‘Groot Tuighuis’ in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Eight speakers will lecture on medieval footwear, shoe production and tanning.  Except for the lecture of Marquita Volken, all lectures will be in Dutch. Please note: places for the preceding day's 'Masterclass' and practical session have now all been taken.


For more information, programme, etc. please visit our website:


An application form to attend (Aanmeldformulier) can be found at the bottom of the page Or you can email ALG member, Joke de Ridder at for further information.



We hope to meet you in 's- Hertogenbosch.



Ronald van Genabeek, Harmke Nijhof and Joke de Ridder

Heritage Department ‘s-Hertogenbosch