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 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.
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  • A small "FREE" museum. To get the best experience I would recommend the guided tour. The staff made it a very enjoyable tour and were very knowledgeable about the leather industry within the area.  more »
  • I had passed the Leather Museum hundreds of time and made the decision to pop in and take a look round. My daughter had told me that it was boring (although she had not visited) but I found it really ...  more »
  • We visited here today with a family spent about an hour here and loved it we made key rings that cost 50p each so cheap we all made one kids love it the man called Ian was very friendly and helpful sh...  more »
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  • 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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