Walsall Leather Museum is located in Walsall, in the West Midlands in England, and was opened in 1988, in a Victorian factory building renovated by Walsall Council. It tells the story of the leather trade in Walsall, charting the town's rise from a small market town into an international saddle-making centre.The IndustryIn 1900, at the peak of the industry, approximately 10,000 people were employed locally in preparing leather, and making saddles, horse bridles and related leather items. It is estimated that there are still at least 40 manufacturers of saddles and bridles in the town including a number of makers of bags and light leathergoods, including Royal Warrant holders.ExhibitionsExhibits in the museum include a range of Walsall-made leathergoods, from saddles to gloves, bags, shoes, and leather fashion accessories. A 'contemporary design' section in the museum showcases the work of designers working with leather today. Leather crafts traditional to Walsall are demonstrated within the museum's workshops by a team of experienced skilled craftsmen and women.The museum also houses a research library of specialist works on the subject of the leather craft and industry. There is a seasonal events programme featuring craft workshops for children and adults as well as family events.Plan a Walsall trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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A very interesting look at the industry that Walsall is famous for. A perfectly judged museum with just the right type and amount of information in its exhibits. Staff very friendly and helpful and th... more »
This museum is a great entry into the history of the leather industry in Walsall. The guides in the museum during our visit had all worked in the leather industry and were therefore able to provide fi... more »
I know it is a poor reason to visit a museum but I had to occupy myself in Walsall for the morning of thursday 8th february. I had had a family connection with Walsall for many years so thought I shou... more »
Great museum, Extreamily helpful staff whom are very knowledgeable in the Leather Craft & history. Great atmosphere to help my daughter with her home educating.
Really nice. We made our own leather key ring with just 50p!! Very friendly staff willing to explain everything to us and share their experience and secrets of their job!!
My review is purely about the 5* hygiene rated cafe at the museum (located around the side). The cafè is called Claudia's Kitchen and the food is always amazing, the staff are polite🖒🏼 You have a wide range of choices from a selection of cakes and sandwiches, jacket potatoes, traditional Jamacian dishes like jerk chicken, rice n peas and much more; available on different days! The museum and cafè are both closed on Mondays and Sundays however open ever other day in the week😍 until around 5pm. The only downside for me is that there is no parking facilities close by to access cafè, except Tesco's where you only get 30mins free then spend £5 in Tesco's.
The leather museum is such a cool place, full of Walsall history. They have activities for you to do like making keyrings and bookmarks etc. They have a lot of schools visiting as well. The cafe is Amazing and i will continue to re visit and promote it.
Interesting, small museum with pleasant staff.....but....beware the cafe. We ordered quiche and chips. We received something which was far from pleasant. The chips were soggy, flaccid and swimming in oil. The bacon quiche was mainly soggy pastry with 2mm of topping....the cheese quiche was marginally better with 3mm of topping. The small amount of lettuce and tomato was also limp and uninviting. The portions where probably the smallest I've yet encountered for this type of meal. To be fair, after complaìning, we were provided with fresher servings, but I would still not recommend either to future visitors.
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