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The Bata Shoe Museum primarily acquires artefacts through field study work, auctions, dealers, and donation. Field trips allow the Museum to collect both the footwear and voices of the individuals who made them. This research not only documents footwear making processes and place of origin but also preserves the meanings, motives and intentions of the makers. Auction houses and dealers are another important venue through which museums acquire artefacts. It is through them that that many important pieces are able to move from private collections into museum holdings. Donation is perhaps the most personal way that the Museum acquires artefacts. Donation not only brings the museum in direct contact with the original owner of the artefact allowing us to gather important provenance information but is also a deeply appreciated gesture of generosity on the part of the donor.