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In our educational programs, we connect regional history and cultural heritage


Two programs have been developed for P.E.; "Tie a banana around your feet" (group 3/4) and "Shoe stories" (group 7/8). The programs are compatible and fit perfectly into a continuous learning line.

The programs are offered in modules that schools can purchase as a complete project or separately in combinations of their choice.

In the programs, traces of the regional leather and shoe industry are clarified by means of an everyday utensil; the shoe. The origin, properties and durability of the materials from which shoes can be made are examined in detail. A whole range of materials passes by. Not only leather from animal skins but also new materials that are made from, for example, banana peels and mangoes.

For grade 3/4, the focus is on the materials themselves, including the concept of sustainability. The modules consist of: A. Digital teaching materials for the teacher. B. A tour of the museum about shoe production or shoe fashion. C. Teaching box with shoes and shoe parts made of various materials. D. Workshop

For grade 7/8, the focus is on shoes and sustainability. Innovative materials are discussed. After a brief repetition and on the basis of traces of heritage in Waalwijk, life during the Industrial Revolution is addressed. On the basis of the shoe as an everyday object, sustainability, innovation, the ecological footprint and fashion and identity are discussed. The modules consist of: A. Digital teaching materials for the teacher. B. A guided tour of the museum of choice about fashion and identity or about materials and the production process of shoes. C. Search and discovery cards. D. Workshop

This offering can be customized as needed.


SCHOENWERK is a program for VMBO and class 2/3 of HAVO/ VWO. This program is modular, and components can be exchanged. This allows the teacher to design the program and connect it to one or more subjects, themes and topics and organizational needs.

The sub-programs are composed of a preparatory lesson at school, museum visit and a processing lesson and/or reflection at school. The programs are offered in a modular and hybrid way, whereby parts can be done online, at school and/or in the Shoe Quarter. Each subproject assumes three different perspectives with a focus on sustainability and innovation. As a result, the projects connect to Visual Education, Heritage, Citizenship, Geography and History and cut across themes such as: gender equality, identity, globalization and industrialization.

In How it's made, students learn and discover what it takes to make footwear. The process from design to implementation is experienced by the students in various research assignments, in which experimentation is paramount. The three perspectives are: making process, material and production chain.

In Why it's made , the focus is on identity and the influence of gender, culture, landscape, function and ergonomics on design and product. Students explore how they view themselves, others and the shoe industry through fashion trends, models, materials and techniques.


We develop an annual program based on fixed themes starting from "the making", linked to the changing exhibition themes and other research questions.

We connect the past with the present by explaining ancient making methods and techniques in the knowledge center.

Forgotten shoemaking techniques are shown and explained, for done by our volunteers: very experienced shoemakers who have always worked in the making industry. Understanding and making these old techniques is inspiring for the young generation of (shoe) makers.

In the Maaklabs on the first floor, more focus is placed on 'the shoemaking of the future': the new generation of designers works here on projects that are transparent to the visitor. This is how we share our knowledge.

Sustainability and innovation are important themes here.

Through assignments in the Shoe Quarter, we share our knowledge and collection. In the knowledge center, we do this through objects and learning alternatives in the materials closet and an extensive library. This wealth of information is freely available to students and visitors.

The students work using an instruction card. These instruction cards are organized by a making method or technique such as moccasin making method, wooden pin construction, canasta making method, cuir bouilli technique, western stitching decorations, ströbel construction and tub sole stitching. On this card you will find the background information, explanation of the technique, machines, tools and materials.

A QR code links to more in-depth videos.

Matching instructional cards are developed to accompany the temporary exhibitions.

The program consists of several components held in different spaces within the Shoe Quarter:

  • Museum; guided tour appropriate to the theme
  • Knowledge center; research
  • Make labs; making/performing experiments
  • Auditorium; content film, deepening of topic


For questions or a customized program email [email protected]