Liberation Square, Baghdad

Liberation Square is located in central Baghdad at the intersection of al-Sadoun Street and the Jamhouriyya Bridge Road. Liberation Square is Baghdad's biggest and most central square located in the Al-Rusafa part of the city on the eastern banks of the River Tigris. Known as Tahrir Square locally, the square consists of open public spaces with the Ummah Garden, situated behind the square, it is home to a major monument. The monument, known as Nasb al-Hurriyah celebrates Iraqi history by depicting key events leading up to the creation of a republic; the monument, designed by the leading Iraqi sculptor Jawad Saleem and architect, Rifat Chadirji, opened in 1961. Tahrir Square was reported as being the epicentre of the unrest of the October 2019 Iraqi protests. Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is a public museum in Northampton, England. The museum is owned and run by Northampton Borough Council and claims to house the largest collection of shoes in the world, with over 12,000 pairs; the town's museum was established in 1865, but moved to the current site in 1884, where it shared its space with the town's library. After the library moved in 1910, the museum took over the whole building. In 2012, the museum was refurbished for better access; the museum closed in February 2017 to allow work to start on a major expansion project. The museum has been collecting footwear since the 1870s and now boasts the largest collection of shoes in the world, designated as being of international importance by the Museums and Archives Council in 1997; the ground floor is given over to the display of some of the museum's 12,000 pairs of shoes, spanning the period from the Ancient Egyptians to the present day. There are two galleries dedicated to footwear: Life & Sole focuses on the history of shoemaking and contains a re-creation of an old shoe factory.

Some of the paintings on display reflect the museum's focus on footwear, such as the 17th-19th century Dutch and Flemish works by Jan Miel and Hendrik van Oort featuring cobblers and shoeshiners. As long-time Keeper of the Boot and Shoe Collection, curator June Swann played a significant role in its development, she began in 1950, worked there for 38 years. The second and third floors of the museum house exhibits about Northampton's history and displays of Oriental ceramics and Italian art from the 15th to the 18th century; the museum conducted a controversial sale of an Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka in July 2014, with questions relating to the ownership and the ethics of selling the statue being raised by various organizations. The statue was sold to an unknown buyer for £15.76m, which broke the existing world record for Ancient Egyptian artwork at auction. On 1 August 2014, Northampton Museums had its accreditation removed by the Arts Council England, which ruled that the sale broke the required standards for how museums manage their collections.

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