Walsall Leather Museum

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My wife and I have lived in Walsall for many years and are well into retirement , I saw advertised an exhibition re the airship raid on Walsall and the black country hence the very first visit we not only saw the exhibit but as it was situated within the leather museum we also saw how leather has been worked over the centuries here , with out going on too much I would like to say the museum and its staff are a credit to the place and what it stands for, our past history and how proud we should all be , many thanks for a most informative and interesting visit and we will most certainly highly recommend people to visit as we intend to again in the future.
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Spent about an hour here with 2 children (aged 4 and 6) last year. It was a gem of a museum. The children found it an interesting experience and enjoyed making their key rings. Staff really knowledgeable and happy to answer my children's questions.
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The museum is easy to find and entrance is free, and though the museum is not large it is interesting to visit with historical exhibits and some hands on stuff too.
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Visiting the museum is an excellent way to spend half a day: welcoming and helpful staff throughout and the exhibits well presented, interesting and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the collection and were fascinated by the workshops set out as they would have been when in full production. We ended our visit by having lunch in the bright and cheerful cafe. Can thoroughly recommend the curry: very tasty and good value for money...
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Found it very pleasant and very educational. Lived in Walsall all my life and didn't know half things that was told me
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Beautiful and attractive collection. It is also well organised and presented by people who are really nice and available :)
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On a very wet and windy morning, I set off to make a visit to this well established and inviting museum, quite local to my home. The plan was to take a look around and invite my father, who came along with me, to select a Walsall made leather wallet as a 92nd birthday gift.
The building was warm and immediately inviting. The smiles on the staff in the reception areas confirmed that our choice of venue was a good one. We firstly visited the cafe which was beautifully set out and brightly decorated. The two gingerbread lates which we enjoyed were delicious and at £1.80 each the cheapest to date that I have purchased!
On to the guided tour by local historian and author, Ian Bott. His tour was perfect. It was informative and interesting with touches of humour. He also invited us to be part of his dialogue which made the whole experience refreshingly informative. Then on to a demonstration of leather goods making by Keith Parker. He is a skilled leather worker and has a wonderful way of delivering facts about the leather industry and all the processes. We all learned a lot from him today and had great pleasure in doing so.
Back to the shop where my father selected a beautifully made and very reasonably priced dark green wallet. He was delighted with the purchase. Ian Bott was very happy to sign two of his historical books that we bought in the shop. We really look forward to reading them.
The town of Walsall can be proud of it's historical significance in the leather trade. Did you know that the Queen has her handbags made especially for her in Walsall? Walsall also makes all the saddles for the horses belonging to the Royal Family. Did you know that? If not, go along to hear more interesting facts about the leather industry which is alive and well in Walsall.
Support your local museum! You'll be pleased that you did.
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Fabulous visit, friendly staff. Enjoyed demonstration by Claire on leather stitching, she encouraged us to gave a go. Would recommend this unique museum
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Returned today after not having visited for some months, took two friends, all greatly enjoyed the museum, shop and lovely little cafe - great inexpensive food.
Cleanest loos anywhere. Staff very friendly.
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FANTASTIC visit..everybody very friendly and knowledgeable...our first visit to this museum (even though we used to live in the UK) and I recommend it very highly. It's so interesting to have heard and seen all about the leather trades in Walsall...such a shame that they have declined...Hope this musuem continues to tell this story. Thankyou to all for the visit!
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The chance to make your own keyring is a big sell to the under 5s! They love it here, and the museum has been thoughtfully laid out.

Walsall's survival as specialist industrial centre is explained - it would be great if there was a chance to buy repros of the beautiful posters displayed throughout the museum.

The cafe was quick and fine for basics (toasties, teacakes, bacon roll). It was toddler friendly too.

We spent an hour and a half here - and the girls want to go back soon.
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A cracking little museum giving insight into the industry so important to Walsall.The place is brought to light by enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. Also has a splendid cafe.
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I am a historian researching the history of leather works and saddle-making and this museum was a revelation!
Some times it is so hard to imagine how things were before the evolution of mechanisms and computers and what the materiality of these workshops would be.
Britain has a long history of leather crafts and it is quite important to promote the accessibility to knowledge of tradition and history. Genre museums are so much easier for the public to relate to and unravel the lifestyle of the non-upper class and non-royals that is promoted in high-end portrait galleries and art museums.
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This is a real hidden treasure of a museum. It offers lots of unexpected insights into the history of Walsall as a whole - as well as the history of making leather, of course. Lots of nice touches in the exhibits, and a very helpful and friendly tone all round. The staff were tremendous - particularly the demonstrators. The whole visit was a pleasure from start to finish . Walsall should be proud of this museum!
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I have to agree with previous comments, this is a very enjoyable museum, well presented, good storyboards, friendly staff and a great opportunity to find out how everyday items that we all use are made. Particularly pleasing to know that the trade still survives in the area and to have enthusiastic explanation from a talented local craftsman.
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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.
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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
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Really nice staff and café
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A great place for a visit , it gives a fascinating look into the past crafts and social history of the area and really places Walsall at the top of the tree for leather work and goods. The exhibition is very interesting with plenty of information and leather goods to examine. The guided talk by Keith was very informative and gave you a real feel for the skill and history of leather work , you also have an opportunity to make a small item as a memento. I would put aside a few hours for your visit and if you can book a tour I would recommend you contact the Museum direct. Parking is a few yards away and makes the place very accessible. One of the best Museums in the area
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Nice free hour out, enjoyed the walk round and cafe. Good for younger kids on the fun days they have here
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The Leather Museum tell the story of an historically important local industry. There is still a remnant industry in Walsall but it is a shadow of what it once was. It is a story well told with interesting exhibits but it is the staff that work there that make it a great experience. Ask questions and you will get interesting answers.
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I had walked past this little treasure trove on a number of occasions and decided to pop in. I received a very warm welcome and proceeded to look around at the display, I was fascinated by the amount of sheer hard work and skill that was needed in traditional methods to produce leather. It was a Friday and I was really pleased to come across the workshop where I got an opportunity to make 2 leather keyrings using an embossing process and 2 using a heat foiling process. Another section contained clothes and fabrics from an old haberdashery shop to die for!!! I plan to go back to purchase a new locally-produced handbag - they are gorgeous!!
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Didn't know what to expect, but this place was amazing and very educational. Whist on our tour we meet Keith he was so knowledgeable, I never knew there we're so many types of leather or suede. A really good trip. I recommend this to everyone brilliant👍
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I went with a group of fashion students and found the experience to be very worthwhile. The staff were all friendly, informative and so much fun. Well done, we highly recommended a visit.
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Pretty much had the place to ourselves on a Friday afternoon with two hours to spare. Could have stayed much longer. The place is fascinating and covers so many activities beyond leather work, in line with Walsall's claim to be the town of a thousand trades. It was great to see the skills being demonstrated and to chat with Wendy and Paul while they were making purses. Sorry for the interruption! This museum is a real asset to the area.
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