Why there’s a giant shoebox in Broadgate

An unusual sight, to say the least, we couldn’t wait to see what was inside.

Today sees the installation of a giant shoebox in Broadgate, Coventry as part of the ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ exhibition by the Empathy Museum.

Housed in the giant shoebox, the exhibition presents a specially curated collection of stories, including some from Coventry residents, each reflecting themes of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which turned 70 in December of last year.

Proclaimed as a ‘common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations’, and translated into over 500 languages, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the interconnectedness and universality of all international human rights.

‘A Mile in My Shoes’ is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. This roaming exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity.

From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neurosurgeon, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger while listening to their story. The stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey.

The exhibition is presented by the Coventry City of Culture Trust as part of Fly the Flag, an initiative celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Declaration across the country this week.

The exhibition is open from 25 to 28 June, 10:30 am to 6 pm daily, and there’s no need to book a place, you can just turn up.

Watch the video below to take a look inside The Empathy Museum’s latest project and to see what you can expect from the exhibit.

To find out more about the Empathy Museum and their other great work, visit their website here.