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Walsall Leather Museum, Walsall

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Walsall Leather Museum is located in Walsall, in the West Midlands in England, and was opened in 1988 in an original 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.
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  • Excellent museum and staff - really well worth visiting. The amenities in the area have been wrecked by the govt cuts, I just hope this museum survives.  more »
  • Recently attended a society meeting here and the facilities are excellent. The restaurant staff cooked meals to order for our members and we were wowed by the locally made bags, wallets and other item...  more »
  • Visited as a group of Year Six children. The staff were so welcoming, and their knowledge was superb. The visit started off with a short introduction about the Anglo-Saxons, then the children went on ...  more »
  • 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 compla√¨ning, we were provided with fresher servings, but I would still not recommend either to future visitors.
  • I came here with a friend and loved it! We did start the tour backwards but it was still brilliant :) I would really recommend it. The people are brilliant!
  • I mainly go there for cafe the have very lovely staff at the caf√© food is lovely especially the jerk chicken baguette
  • Great place to visit to find out about Walsall's leatherworking past. Staff go the extra mile to help out disabled guests. Well worth a visit
  • very interesting and educational. Just mind all the Bus lanes around the area.