Monday, September 18, 2006

The National Trust

The National Trust is a great British organisation. It is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Britain. I always love visiting some of the beautiful stately homes and country gardens preserved by the National Trust.

One of the rules of the National Trust, is that if you visit one of their country houses and you are wearing heels smaller than a postage stamp, you will be given plastic slippers to wear inside. Alternative slippers can be purchased to wear instead if you want. This rule is meant to protect the floors of their properties.

Of couse, I doubt that many women would visit a country estate wearing stiletto heels.

Your home may not be as old or valuable as a National Trust-preserved Georgian house, but high heeled shoes may cause damage to marble floors, wood floors, laminate floors and carpets. Time to put those slippers on.

13 comments:

Redeemed said...

Wow, I didn't know about that! I would love to visit, and no, I wouldn't wear stilettos. But I don't think I would want to wear plastic slippers either!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

You are far too sensible to wear stilettos on a country day trip.

The IBEX Scribe said...

Some women would wear them! I find flats far more comfortable anyway. What do they do about dirt on the floors?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Presumably, it is because of dirt on the floors that they provide the plastic slippers for ladies with unsuitable footwear.

If they were to require all visitors to remove their shoes, they might find their membership and visitors dropped considerably.

Shame.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Anonymous said...

I used to work for the National Trust at one of their properties many years ago and I saw the policy you've mentioned in operation. It was aimed only at ladies with shoes whose heels were less than the area of a postage stamp and the purpose was that they didn't damage valuable carpets. As only a few of our female visitors would wear such footwear in the first place, it was only rarely that the policy had to be enforced. However when it did, what would happen was the person at reception upon seeing someone shod in such a way, they would just politely explain the rule to them and the reason for it. They would then be offered a pair of plastic slippers (which when worn made the wearers' feet look as though they just had plastic bags on them!)They had to carry their shoes around with them, no arrangements were made for them to leave them at reception and pick them up at the end of their visits (this was probably because at the place where I worked, the exit was in a difference location from the entrance.

A substantial proportion of the ladies who had to remove their shoes (about 40 per cent I'd say from my experience) declined the offer of slippers and chose instead just to go around barefoot or in their stockinged feet only.

I never one came across anyone who complained about the request or who suggested that it was unreasonable in any way. So it goes to show that if a body like the National Trust can enforce such a policy without difficulty, there is no reason why the rest of us can't do likewise to visitors to our own homes.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Anonymous, thankyou very much for your comment.

I do love to hear from British readers.

God Bless

Matthew

Kev said...

A few years ago my girlfriend at the time helped suvervise a school trip to a National Trust property. She is under 5' and was wearing heels deemed inappropriate.

Upon entering she was approached by a member of staff, who politely but firmly informed her she was required to remove her shoes before proceeding, and carry them throughout the visit.

She was offered the 'plastic bags', but declined them on the grounds of taste and padded about the place in her tights instead.

Celestial Fundie said...

Kev, thanks for visiting.

How did she feel about that?

Kev said...

She felt a bit subconscious about it given the setting and her supervisory role on the day. On the other hand, she often wore heeled shoes or boots, so she wasn't totally unfamiliar with having to take them off.

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for following the blog.

You have been looking at some old posts. Did you read the entire blog?

Kev said...

Pretty much the whole blog over a period of time :) Any particular posts you'd appreciate my input on?

Celestial Fundie said...

Comment as much as you please. I think it is a shame a lot of visitors don't leave any response at all.

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