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 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 »
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  • I love the Walsall leather museum, it's super nostalgic for me and hasn't really changed much since I visited on a school trip! Still remember choosing my own piece of leather to take home and embossing a leather key fob. Fun for my little one too, with a game to play looking out for different items throughout the museum to win a prize. Very interesting, and had a great talk with the saddle maker! Also a fab vintage toy collection! Takes you right back to your childhood! Lovely tea rooms, and beautiful items for sale in the gift shop.
  • Great staff, good all round history. They had a nostalgic toy exhibition while we were there which was awesome. We also got to press our own leather key rings which was cool.
  • Lived in this area for 30yrs and never been before the easter holidays. To be honest only went in for to needing to kill some time as my car was that the garage. But me and my boys had an enjoyable time.... more so than expect all round. And they enjoyed making their own keyrings (the one who double stamped his keyring was offered another go but he said no) And the gentlemen who were upstairs doing the keyrings were lovely having a chat with us and other people. It was a miserable day out and even sat and had a hot drink before going back out.
  • Fascinating history about the leather industry in Walsall. Guide was very good & kept my two Grandchildren enthralled throughout our visit, they even got to make their own leather key rings. Well worth a visit & it is free!
  • Great little place to visit and it's free, they have a cafe and on some dates they do activities for children well worth a visit to learn about Walsall leather history
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