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Walsall Leather Museum, Walsall
(4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had a visit on Wednesday last and was delighted to have visited this amazing museum. I am not sure if there are any other leather museums in the UK but this one should not be threatened with closur...  more »
  • I loved my trip to the museum. My grandfather was a saddler and unfortunately died when I was young so to see his trade celebrated in the museum was great. Would definitely recommend for those interes...  more »
  • Well worth a visit. Free museum showing history of leather with excellent displays and demonstrations with knowledgeable staff. Good gift shop. Would be ashame for it to be moved and downsized. 
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  • Went with a 2 year old. Not bad but not much to do. Certainly wouldn't visit just here. We went to the new art gallery as well. Staff were pleasant but not hugely interactive.
  • Happy to see d process of Tanning!!! Worth a visit of understanding how and what leather is made...
  • Knowledgeable and informative staff Excellent historical museum
  • Well worth a visit if you want to learn about the history of Walsall during the industrial revolution and the leather industry in the area
  • First class