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.
In 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.
Walsall is still home to over forty leather companies between them making an astonishing variety of items which are exported to most parts of the world.
"This is a reall hidden treasure of a museum. It offers lots of unexpected insights into the history of Walsall - 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!"
"Fantastic little museum. We spent nearly two hours there and learnt so much about Walsall history and leather history from the fabulous displays and friendly staff. Highly recommend."
Quotes from visitors reviews on Tripadvisor.
Attractions and facilities
- 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. At present we have demonstrations by our leatherworkers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (a.m.), Fridays and alternate Saturdays. Our visitor assistants will be happy to demonstrate at other times.
- 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
- Exciting events programme for both adults and children.
- Attractive gardens and picnic area
- Baby-changing facilities
- The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities.
- Visitors with additional needs are very welcome.
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- Archaeological Leather Group
- Black Country History
- Leather Conservation Centre
- Museum of Leather craft
- Northamptonshire Leather
- Society of Master Saddlers
- The Worshipful Company of Curriers
- The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
- Workshop of the World
Opening times 2017
|Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm(November - March)||Sundays and Mondays |
(Except dates shown on left*)
|Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm (April - October)||Good Friday|
|*Easter Monday - 17 April 2017||Easter Sunday|
Admission Charges from 4 April 2017
Free to Walsall residents and all children under 17
Adults - £5
*Easter Family Fun Day 17 March 2017 - free for all visitors
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 (Day Street) is opposite the museum. The museum is a short walk from the local bus and train stations.
Walsall Leather Museum
Telephone 01922 652288
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 29 March 2017