Walsall Leather Museum

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Amazing and Fab staff
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Worth a day out very interesting as I work with saddles items in shop bit over priced nice cafe for something to eat and drink
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It free entry and was very quiet but it's that time of the year it gave us time to look at everything in more detail staff very friendly and helpful enjoy all the exhibitions and making a free keyring.
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A very interesting place to browse for an hour or two. Lots of historical info on Walsall leather industry. Also a very nice shop with discounted leather goods, purses, wallets, belts etc. Parking easy just across the street from the museum.
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Friendly and very informative
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Very good if you have an interest in leather
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Free and interesting
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Its a real gem of a place to visit the Staff were very informative and time to chat to us Rose and Co . Its very unique to think it was known all round the world its its hay day. Well done to all it was lovely , shame the Coffee shop was not open though
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Nice little informative museum, 8 minutes walk from Walsall railway station. Free entry and staffs were welcoming which makes it worth £5 donation at least. They sell some heavily discounted branded leather goods which is worth a visit just to hunt for some present.
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Great place to visit and it's free
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I have visited this museum on many occasions and consider it a must see for anyone who comes to visit. The initial doubtful response we get is usually replaced by increasing curiosity especially when reacting with the very skilled and informative staff demonstrating turning leather into goods. It seems almost any animal skin can be made into leather with the appropriate process. You will learn that although Walsall became to be known throughout the World for it's skilled workers in leather it was the production of lorinery where it all started. Definitely worth a visit.
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Excellent well worth a visit, very helpful and knowledgeable staff, parking nearby lots to see and find out didn't realise there were so many activities taking place there.
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Visited Museum last Saturday with family and had a great couple of hours learning about the histroy of the leather industry in Walsall and having a go at embossing some leather key fobs. Staff/volunteers were very welcoming and friendly. Well worth a visit.
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Let’s take a rest from Stafford and explore the smaller towns.

Walsall.

And it’s most unfortunate that the Walsall Museum has closed down and as library staff tells me – for three years now.

But instead here is a Leather Museum that’s in every sense the museum of Walsall.

START OF THE STORY. Before you're to enter the gallery the smell of wallets and purses is already filling up your senses.

And here’s how the gallery entrance starts its narrative – that Walsall used to be the biggest leather making town in the entire Northern Europe.

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS. Creative use of leather – saddles, key fobs, even outfits for dogs. And they come from a variety of sources from pigs to snakes to anything less imaginable – like ostriches.

(Meanwhile a display board tells you that many English traditional surnames get their roots from leather makers – Barker, Skinner, Tanner etc.}

Upstairs a staffer will explain how saddles are made and their various types (weight, shapes, luxuriousness and materials etc.). And the balance between comfort, durability and lightness.

(As you can imagine – races typically involve lighter saddles.)

LOCATION. The museum is a ten-minute walk from Walsall Station.

Exit the station and keep walking north. You’ll be going through Station Street, Park Street, a roundabout and finally Wisemore. Cross the Littleton Street and the museum is right beside the Walsall College.
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Went to the Leather Museum with my wife and had an enjoyable visit finding out about the leather industry and seeing the workshops. Would recommend being able to make your own key ring for 60p. Parking available nearby.
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ive been in there lovely old mill to visit you can learn all about leather there is a shop in there lovely place highly recommend by me
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Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. Really interesting little museum and gorgeous leatherwork throughout.
Staff there were lovely and really helpful too - even offering to help my son make his own personalised leather key ring, which he loved.
Beautiful, quality leather items in the gift shop too!
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Before we visited the museum, we had no idea what an important centre Walsall was in the leather industry. The guides were very informative and helpful. I bought a beautiful leather belt for my husband at a very reasonable price!
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This museum gave a fascinating insight into the importance of the leather industry in Walsall's industrial history. Our group of 33 was split into 2 groups, and the 2 guided gave us a real insight into the working lives of men and women employed in the leather industry in the 19th century and into the importance of present-day Walsall in the production of very fine saddles. We were later let loose to emboss our own leather key rings before enjoying delicious tea and cake in the cafe.
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took my cousin , who is from Blackpool, round museum. I think our 'guide' was called Ian. He was very knowledgable and shared where many 'sayings' originated from to do with leather. Made a very enjoyable morning. We made key rings and purchased lovely cards from the shop. All staff were very pleasant and helpful. Highly recommend a visit...free too!! well done Walsall
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I knew my Mom would enjoy walking around here and neither of us were disappointed, it was even better than I thought.... very interesting and some great displays. We were greeted my a lovely lady on reception,( who’ name I can’t remember) but very nice and helpful. We got to make some keying’s with another lovely lady and I can’t remember her name.... but I do remember Keith, he was doing some sewing and asked if we had some spare time, which we did so, He gave a great talk on different leathers and where they come from. His knowledge of the leathers was unbelievable, so interesting and I learnt a lot.... could have sat there for longer. Credit to you all, my Mom has been telling everyone what a fantastic place and a must.... definitely worth a visit and we’ll be going again. Thanks again to all the staff/ volunteers you do amazing job, it’s people like you that contribute and make the visit worth while.
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I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours at the museum. I had emailed in advance asking for info on my great grandfather's saddlery business, and on arrival was given some background paperwork helping my family history research. The exhibits tell the story of Walsall and leather in an easy to understand way with lots of pictures, samples etc. Well worth it.
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Nice bit of local history. Very interesting and lots to look at. Nice little shop. Very friendly staff that couldn’t do enough for us. It’s free to go around and there is a donation box on the wall. Worth a visit. Loved making a key ring.
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Was short on time when came here so didn’t do it justice but looking at the limited displays, obviously all of leather hides and products made from, it didn’t hold my attention too much. I was given a colourful brochure listing all the events and activities they hold and here there is a lot going on between May & November. Their cafe is closed due to staff being unable to work the coffee machine!! But we got a good hot cup of tea and a packet of biscuits each for £2.50...can’t really grumble!
Would visit again just to smell the leather!!
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This museum is a little gem. Very friendly knowledgeable voluntee staff, who have actually worked in the leather industry. They are happy to share their wealth of knowledge. Hands on so great for kids. This museum is a credit to the history of the leather industry in Walsall. Easy parking on Day st pay and display. Or if you like free at Tescos if you spend £5. McDonalds across the road so great day out for the kids.
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