Walsall Leather Museum

4.7/5 based on 816 reviews
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Being a local lad I must admit this was my first visit to the museum. It was family history research that took me there & had I have visited sooner I would have saved hours of work elsewhere.
I visited on the afternoon of Tuesday 23 June. The young lady at the reception listened intently to my request for information. She advised me that the person who would be able to assist me was out but that she would pass on my details at the earliest opportunity.
Within 5 minutes of returning home I received a telephone call from Mr David Mills, assistant curator of the museum, notifying me of the information he had found. This I was unable to find from any other source. I received photo copies in the post two days later.
All that said, I found the museum most informative & interesting & can only echo the views of others. The staff are helpful & friendly, the café is very good value, as one reviewer said 'A gem'. Research facilities are excellent.
A special thank you to David Mills & the receptionist,(sorry I didn't get your name.
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I'm not a fan of leather (I hate the smell) however myself & my boyfriend leave the Midlands next week after being here for four years for university. We had never visited the leather museum until today. It was fantastic! Stunning building, no over powering smell of leather & lots to look at. Would recommended to anyone.
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Visited museum late Friday afternoon to find we were the only visitors - a good time if you want to avoid school parties in this small building but cafe closed! We were welcomed on entry and spent a leisurely time looking at the leather goods for sale in the small shop. The next hour was spent viewing the very interesting display boards and artefacts depicting the history of the leather trade. This was 'rounded up' with a very informative conversation with two employees on the current leather worldwide trade.
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Came up to the museum for a days conference... had a few mins at the end if the day to pop round and have a look at the exhibition. What an absolutely wonderful gem of a museum... lovely displays... lots of explanatory boards and a fantastic and engaging experience. Well worth a visit and will definitely come again
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I must admit despite living very close to Walsall for most of my life, I have only ever treated the place as a detour elsewhere. To say I was surprised to find this absolute gem of a museum is a veritable understatement.
I knew a bit about the production of leather, I am now an expert and also know much more about the uses of leather. Information boards tell of what, when, and by whom. Other museums could benefit from visiting here to see just what visitors want to see in the form of information - too many tell us what they want to instead of vice versa.
I would recommend this place to anyone, even those who are unable to get to the upper floor have plenty to entertain on the ground floor. It has numerous old images, many events and activities planned throughout the year, must one of the very few museums worthwhile going visiting simply for the aromatic experience alone - and most importantly is FREE.
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Great way of "seeing" part of Walsall as it used to be when it became a centre of excellence in the leather world....and it's FREE! Very nice people to talk to about what interests you....and don't miss the Cafe for a value snack....yummy!
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I was dragged along to the Leather Museum on a weekend visit to friends nearby, but this was a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating visit. A friendly welcome (and free entry) was a great start. Ron - a former leather currier - explained how leather was worked in the past, but for me the learning experience was Brummie Keith who explained in great detail the processes involved in making a wallet. He was engaging, good- humoured and knowledgable. I handle my wallet several times a day but have never thought about how it was made: now I understand I will appreciate the craftsmanship on a daily basis.

And the shop had a range of nice handmade leather products.
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love the building, staff was really nice and helpful when i got lost.ahaa. disliked the toilets, very dity, hard to find as was my first time there
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Couldn't believe that Walsall has been a working town since 1400! Great knowledge of the trade and friendly staff who are passionate about the resurgence of Leather production in the town. For a free exhibit its well worth a visit to learn something new about the town of a hundred trades! You could say that the Leather Museum is Walsall's Little Secret?
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This is a simply brilliant little museum giving simple and easily understandable information about the Leather industry and specifically Walsall's Leather history.
Whether your a local or a visitor it's very worth while a visit.
An additional bonus is the small but very cheap café. Limited options but what they have is very good. We had a pot of tea, a coffee and a huge piece of Bakewell cake for £2.95.
Staff are lovely, pleasant and informative.
A little gem!
[Toilets are sparklingly clean]
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This free museum is certainly worth a visit.
We were offered a personal tour of the museum and found it to be very interesting. They showed us the process of the work involved in making leather saddles and other leather goods i.e purses, suitcases and handbags. We made a leather key ring for 50p to take home with us.
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I visited this museum a few years ago and then thought it was very interesting, but clearly there has been considerable investment since then, and this is now a first class attraction, with informative displays, fascinating details of leather-making processes, and demonstrations of industry techniques. There is an attractive eating area/garden, a small café which serves appetising snacks, and a shop (which has some good bargains).
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I was born in Walsall and now live in Hull and have been meaning to visit the Museum with my children for a while. When I saw the Easter Family Fun Day advertised it prompted us to go and we were not disappointed. The museum itself is very informative with explanations on all the displays, they are picture quiz sheets for children which gets them to look at all the displays. We went with 2 children, aged 5 and 8 and they thoroughly enjoyed the fun day. It was VERY well organised, with all staff highlighting what else was happening and where to go next. There were so many activities and very thoughtfully put together, I was very impressed, and all the staff and entertainers were knowledgeable and friendly too.

We're looking forward to the summer one now and recommend the Museum to all
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We had been planning to to go this site for a long time and we managed it! Such a lovely place with the team of people there really knowledgeable about the leather industry. The exhibits were informative along with items I never knew that could be made from leather. The volunteers were fabulous and really engaged and had a good laugh when we tried our hand at stamping leather. Really worthwhile going to see this place. If you put the effort in and go to learn, you will get such a lot of information back so my advice is, don't just walk around looking, actively engage with the exhibits and the people.
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Visited last bank holiday for a family fun day and we all had a great time.It was a free event too and the children were entertained well.
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The Walsall Leather Museum is well worth a visit. It is well-presented and interesting with out overwhelming you with facts, figures and long displays of text. The staff are very knowledgeable and they frequently have demonstrations and have-a-go sessions. Definitely worth getting in touch before visiting to find out what times these are, especially if you're going with children.
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We visited the Walsall Leather museum as we were at a loose end, what a pleasure it turned out to be.
It was easy to find a parking spot nearby, the museum takes the visitor on an interesting tour of the processes of tanning as well as the production of leather goods many of them equestrian in nature.
The production of the metal work associated with tack was also touched on.
Finally there was a demonstration of gold blocking.
Coffee very welcome!
All in all a good morning.
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This was a lovely visit. The staff were delightful . They were exceptionally helpful and attentive and did all they could to make us welcome. We may even return for another visit .

Only one awkward comment and that is about parking, which is not signposted as part of the museum, so we parked across the road in the supermarket, which was free.
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I think this is a fascinating museum although perhaps in need of a little face lift. However I give it top marks because it gives a real insight into Walsall's history. There is a small shop with locally made, high quality leather goods and local history books. There is also a cafe with a small range of light meals and excellent cakes. The staff are friendly and helpful.
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A fascinating few hours and the lady who talked to me about when she worked in the leather industry in Walsall was a most interesting and knowledgeable guide.
Thouroughly recomend this as it is free , but may close soon because of Walsall MBC's short sighted approach.
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This museum is well worth a visit. It's free for starters so why wouldn't you? It is interesting and the staff are great. We had the pleasure of meeting Wendy and Paul who chatted to us about the museum and how everything worked they were full of stories and made the whole experience just fantastic. Loved it ! Even bought a Xmas present in the shop lol
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We visited here last week and it was fantastic. Wasn't sure what to expect but it was a really interesting place to visit. Lots of information and things to look at as you go through the museum but the highlight for us was in the workshop. Paul and Wendy were really friendly and chatty. They were enthusiastic and keen to share their knowledge. We were also able to get hands on and do some embossing as well as learn a lot of things about how important the corners are as well as learning about different techniques in leatherwork.

The museum itself is free and the embossing is a very small charge and you get to keep your item! We also stopped off for coffee and cake in the tea room and enjoyed both!!

If you are in the area this is a museum NOT to miss.
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We were limited on time. We had a guided tour with some hands on experience I learnt that Walsall has rich history in leather work. We also made some embossed key rings for a small fee. It was cheap and most enjoyable for both of us I was with my mother we both enjoyed it.
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Well worth a visit. This is a VERY interesting museum. Staff are very friendly and are willing to chat to you.There are also activities where you can make things, for a tiny price. I will be going again and will also be mentioning this place to my sons school,so they can go on a trip there. Cant believe Ron is 90 yrs old this yr & has worked there since he was 14 yrs old. Now thats what you call dedication & love for your job.& Ron said today that he has NO plans on retiring any time soon.
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We have visited this museum several times over the past 3 years and we have never been disappointed. Our 12 year old grandchild always has a visit to the museum top of things to do during school holidays. The staff have always been friendly and welcoming. The demonstrations in the factory room are our favourite. Wendy and Paul couldn't have been better. Excellent museum of Walsall's historic local industry.
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