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Pair of evening shoes in silk satin with a Wedgwood heel, manufactured by Rayne, Great Britain, 1960s, T.360-1996, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Helen Persson

Role: Curator, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exhibition

Research Interests

My special interests include the transformative capacity of shoes, Chinese export textiles and the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1863-1943).

Selected Research Outputs

Exhibition “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”, June 2015

Selected Published Writings/ Papers

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, V&A Publications, 2016 (to accompany the above exhibition)

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