A group of local institutions in the British county of Northamptonshire are planning to establish an International Footwear Foundation for designers, researchers and students. The county, which has a 900-year history of shoemaking, is already home to the BLC Leather Technology Center and to Satra, the international certification body. The Northampton Museums and Art Gallery have large collection of former shoe models. The University of Northampton conducts courses in shoe design, and it has its own tannery.