Walsall Leather Museum

Walsall Leather Museum: Hours, Address, Walsall Leather Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Walsall Leather Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Walsall Leather Museum is a welcoming and friendly attraction housed in a restored Victorian factory building. We offer a fascinating insight into the story of Walsall's famous leatherworking trade. There are regular guided ours and demonstrations of leather crafts, and lively programme of events and activities throughout the year, including changing exhibitions. Beautiful gardens planted with traditional tanning trees and shrubs. The museum has an excellent shop specialising in Walsall-made leathergoods.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kevin D
Nottingham, UK859 contributions
Free Museum to visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
An interesting insight into the world of Leather, and how Walsall played its part.

As its free you shouldn't really feel disappointed about your visit, however, for us it was lacking more detail and demonstrations.

If you're travelling through Walsall and you have some time to spare, it might be worth your time to call in, it takes about 20 mins to get around.
Written 14 November 2021
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junior c
2 contributions
The bell
Oct 2021 • Family
Amazing food kind staff fresh drinks has quizzes every Sunday which makes it even more good and the staff are very polite
Written 22 October 2021
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Paula H
Walsall, UK24 contributions
Day out
Jun 2021 • Friends
Well polite staff
Just opened after locked down so had to wear a mask but on our visit we were the only ones there. Very interesting and well laid out
Written 29 September 2021
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E T
2 contributions
Wonderful Experience All Round!
Jul 2021
Impressive right from the start! Arriving (with my mum and sister) a little before opening time, a lovely gentleman allowed us to have a seat inside rather than stand outside. The lady on the desk was extremely nice and helpful for our entire visit - even coming to find us once we had ventured upstair to find out what my name was so she could ask the curator to sign the book I had just purchased!! (he was also the author of the book!).

The museum is a very manageable size yet full of information, displays, and - leather!! The shop sold a number of handmade leather items and some very reasonably priced bags of small leather pieces, along with a small range of books. It would be great if the museum also sold larger pieces / hides too...maybe in the future?! The building had a lot of character and historical relevance and it was interesting to learn more about the local saddle trade.

All in all, it was a great visit made special by all of the attentive and lovely staff. I can't remember the last time my mum was persuaded to visit a museum (!!) but even she loved it and we all agreed we'd definitely like to go back again!!
Written 28 July 2021
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Charlie M
30 contributions
Great for an hour's look around
May 2021
When visiting it's obvious that the volunteers have immense subject knowledge and passion about leather and leatherworking. If you have any questions, they're more than happy to answer. The museum itself isn't very big, and there's not actually that much to look at, but it's well worth an amble. The gift shop is also very interesting and has lots of cool little bits and pieces as well as handcrafted leather items.

The museum is also great if you're interested in local history - a few years back I had a question about something and was given photocopies of a bunch of papers from their archives for free.
Written 23 May 2021
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Cal S
Willenhall, UK184 contributions
Worth a visit at least once
Apr 2020 • Family
Walsall is known for its leather industry, this place is defo worth a visit, its very interesting and its a short walk from the town centre.
Written 16 April 2020
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Johnf
1 contribution
A venue for our monthly day out with friends.
Feb 2020 • Friends
Booked a guided tour, for 10 people, with Ian which was very interesting and informative. Ian is a local man who has a passion for History which became obvious as the tour developed. All staff were very helpful and could not do enough for us. They were most helpful with those of us with reduced mobility. Fantastic, authentic Museum. An excellent day out when combined with a visit to The New Walsall Art Gallery.
Written 12 March 2020
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dcs43
Walsall, UK3 contributions
Walsall Leather Museum
Nov 2018 • Family
Very good history of the manufacture and art of leather, with activities for children to make and take home.
Written 6 March 2020
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Tessa C
Lichfield, UK64 contributions
Saddles...and Spanish Flu...
Feb 2020
This is an unpretentious but classy museum - a tribute to the time when Walsall was the centre of leather-goods making, including the finest saddles in Europe.

Sited in a former factory, the place has a very authentic atmosphere, with a muted, unmistakeable animal scent. Lots of hides draped on rails and tables make it a tactile affair too. Not a visit for a vegan, but great for children and adults who love social/urban history. The information is presented in clear, manageable chunks - mostly on posters.

A bonus - a small but effective exhibition about Spanish Flu, the terrible pandemic of 1918-1920. A sadly topical subject, but not planned that way, apparently.

Met three of the staff, all friendly and knowledgeable about leather and its stories and also about the surrounding area. Possible to get a hot drink from the welcome desk, but was told the cafe had closed a while ago. This should be re-opened; this museum is unique and deserves one. There's a small but attractive garden, but access should be available from within the building itself.

The attraction isn't far from the Bus Station, where I arrived, my first visit to the town. There was only one sign to the Museum, barely visible; had to ask directions - so the signage needs real attention.
Written 9 February 2020
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Luke Moseley
Walsall, UK67 contributions
Okay
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place is okay... recommend this place to people who’s into the art of leather. This is a place for everyone
Written 2 February 2020
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