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Leather Museum


Leather MuseumAdmission to the Museum is free

Discover why Walsall became the British leather goods capital in this fascinating working museum, housed in a restored leather factory.

For two hundred years Walsall people have been making some of the world's finest saddles and leather goods. Walsall Leather Museum seeks to celebrate this great tradition and reflect the achievements of the leather craftsmen and women of Walsall.

Dog Collar MakingIn our atmospheric workshops you can watch skilled leather workers in the process of hand-crafting leather goods such as wallets and purses and perhaps have-a-go yourself. The displays around the museum tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade and feature splendid examples of local craftsmanship past and present, including saddles made for the Royal Family and exciting contemporary designs.

Ron and saddle - Walsall Leather Museum

"Excellent, friendly and welcoming staff, well maintained grounds and buildings together with very high standards of presentation, interpretation and cleanliness throughout all areas of the museum…fresh flowers, daily newspapers and clean menu cards added a welcoming feel to the café… The museum continues to offer a very good quality visitor experience, with staff providing very high standards in visitor welcome….The museum has met the standards of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service at a very high standard." (Extract from our VAQAS report for 2010)

Walsall is still home to over ninety leather companies between them making an astonishing variety of items which are exported to most parts of the world.

Attractions and facilities - free admission

  • Guided tours available
  • Conference facilities
  • Live demonstrations of traditional leather crafts in our period workshops. You can watch skilled leatherworkers in the process of hand crafting leather goods such as wallets and purses and perhaps have-a-go yourself. Leatherworking demonstrations are held throughout the day on Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
  • Superb shop, selling a wide variety of Walsall-made leather goods such as purses, wallets, handbags and belts at discounted prices.  The shop also sells a wide range of books and souvenir items.
  • Saddle Room coffee shop serving a selection of home-made meals and cakes.  
  • Exciting events programme, including craft fairs, workshops and annual leather festival
  • Attractive gardens and picnic area
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities.  
  • Visitors with special needs are welcome.  

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Opening times 2014

Open (Admission is free)

Closed

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm (November to March)Sundays and Mondays
(Except dates shown on left*)
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm (April to October)Good Friday
*Easter Monday - 21 AprilEaster Sunday
*August bank holiday - 25 AugustMay Day
Christmas 24 - 26 December
New Year's Day

                                                                      

Location

Walsall Leather Museum is situated on the edge of Walsall town centre, on the A4148 Littleton Street West ring road. Junctions 7, 9, and 10 of the M6 are nearby.

Walsall is within half-an-hour's drive of Birmingham, Lichfield, Dudley and Wolverhampton. A pay and display car park is opposite the museum. The museum is a short walk from the local bus and train stations.

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Contact us

Leather Museum
Littleton Street West
Walsall
WS2 8EQ

Telephone 01922 721153
Fax 01922 725827
Email leathermuseum@walsall.gov.uk

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Winner!

Marsh Trust Award 2011

“In recognition of an outstanding contribution to engaging museum audiences.”

(regional winner for West Midlands).

This page was last updated on 10 April 2014