In our Knowledge Center you are never out of learning.

Our floors offer numerous attractions with whatever perspective you come with. This applies not least to our Knowledge Center. Here you will find library and media library, an educational center, an ever-expanding materials cabinet and the compact auditorium.

You can feel the fruit leather and all those other materials - old and trendy -, browse through magazines and books, pick up images, attend lectures. Pupils can come to do their paper or talk, legal advisors want to research trademark law, archaeologists and historians have already raised their fingers. Fashion students and makers can get plenty of inspiration here. In short, the Knowledge Center is the place for that different learning process.

The auditorium seats 30 people. Lectures and presentations are given in the auditorium; these can be professionals who are connected to the Shoe Quarter as 'artist in residence', but also schoolchildren who can present the design process as the completion of a school assignment.

Films from the historical film collection of the Shoe Quarter, among others, but also the interviews that are part of the permanent exhibition will be shown here on big screen. Topics may include, sustainability, history of the Langstraat. The process of making shoes. These films change regularly.
It is also possible for companies to rent the auditorium for presentations, also possible outside regular opening hours.

We see ourselves (the Shoe Quarter) as a connecting force between craft and innovation, between industry and education and important themes such as sustainability. This attitude inspired us to seek collaboration for the interior within the fields of education, creative craftsmanship and social and cultural sustainability. You can see this reflected in the auditorium by the special seat cushions. Commissioned by the Schoenenkwartier, they were designed and executed by the students of mbo SINTLUCAS in Boxtel training Creative craftsman leather.

We are open to more such collaborations with training and business throughout the Shoe Quarter.

The materials cabinet is open to everyone: visitors, schoolchildren, students, artists, companies, designer. All materials can be taken out of the cabinet and studied, not only with the eyes, but also with the hands.

You can find depth in the closet on the story you saw in the exhibition. Because not everything can be told just like that. Because everything may be touched, the cabinet is an experience in itself for children. They feel a real shark or, perhaps with some reluctance, a cow's stomach. With the materials cabinet you will find making guides for all ages. Use these cards to explore the materials cabinet and continue the journey of discovery in the museum.

For school classes participating in a curriculum, an explanation of the materials cabinet will be provided by showing and feeling some special pieces, including a sheet of a python snake.

Middle and high school students can research materials. Artists can delve into ancient methods of making shoes and use these techniques differently in their work.

The cabinet consists of 3 themes:

  • Developing materials: Various types of leather such as beef, calf and goat leather. But also animals that you don't immediately think of when you think of leather. A toad skin, chicken leg, salmon or shark. Alternatives to leather also have their place, such as bio-based materials, plastics and textiles.
  • Materials Editing: The materials processing section shows various finishing options of leather. These are all kinds of special finishes to give the tanned leather a different look. These include varnishes, printing and embroidery.
  • Materials Processing: These are all kinds of materials processed into shoe parts, such as heels, soles and shaft parts. Also on display here are cross-sections of shoes with historical manufacturing methods

These boxes can be used by individual young visitors. The test box allows children to experimentally discover how to work with materials. By feeling the material and experimenting with it, its properties are better discovered. Furthermore, simple techniques can be tried out. The box also serves for inspiration, helping to create new ideas.

Each box contains the necessary materials and a brief instructional manual. You can choose from the following themes:

  1. Leather sewing
  2. Braiding Techniques
  3. Medieval clasp making
  4. Zwikken
  5. Embroidery
  6. Rebooking
  7. Drawing

DIY kits are sold in our store. They come with instructions and you can make them in the knowledge center without needing any tools. Or you can take them home with you!