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Walsall Leather Museum

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Address: Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8EW, England
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+44 1922 652288
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Walsall Leather Museum is a welcoming and friendly attraction housed in a...

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 tours and demonstrations of leather crafts, and a lively programme of events and actvities throughout the year, including changing exhibitions. Beautiful gardens planted with traditional tanning trees and shrubs. Excellent cafe serving home made food, and a great shop specialising in Walsall- made leathergoods.

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Great place to visit and learn .Look out for the family fun days they are free and soon much fun for all the family

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit and learn .Look out for the family fun days they are free and soon much fun for all the family

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This excellent and unique facility is doing a wonderful job despite the uncertainty of its future. Walsall Council is struggling to balance their budget and the Leather Museum is in their last to close. BUT this may not happen. Please support the Museum and send your emails of support to Walsall Council or to Mike Gasson the head curator at... More 

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely 5 star review! The museum continues to flourish despite uncertain times - so please continue to support us by spreading the word to friends and family, taking part in our activities and events, visiting our exhibitions, and using our shop and café when you can. Our next exhibition, about celebrated Bloxwich manufacturer Old Hall (... More 

Reading, Berkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a Saturday and whilst it was fairly quiet we thought that it was very interesting, and made all the better thanks to the talk given by Keith whom works locally manufacturing Leather products and whom gave us a good insight into what to look at and consider. The Council may be looking to relocate this museum, which... More 

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Keith is a great ambassador for Walsall`s leather trade and, like all of our volunteers, is passionate about the subject and loves to share his knowledge. We are always making improvements to the museum and we have a very lively programme of events with a new exhibition opening on Feb 8th, so please visit... More 

Midlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no expectations of this museum but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit here one rainy afternoon. The history and exhibits were informatively displayed and demonstrated how the leather industry gained such importance in Walsall. The highlight of our visit was Keith, a volunteer leather artisan, who delivered an interesting and entertaining talk on the many aspects of his work... More 

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review. I`m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and that you met Keith, one of our terrific volunteers who generously give up so much of their time to share their love of the subject with visitors. We are still open and hope to be for many years to come, so please spread the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting place with helpful staff and real insight into the history of the leather trade; it is a real shame that it might be lost in austere times.

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are still open and hope to be for many years to come, so please keep visiting us and supporting the museum and it`s café and shop! More 

Stamford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small museum telling the history of the leather trade in Walsall and covers why it developed there, the processes and the impact on the area and local people. There are many interesting items and photos. The staff are friendly and proud of the museum. You can make a leather keyring as a souvenir for 50p. The building... More 

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Leathermuseum, Front Office Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for a lovely review, I`m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. The story of the Walsall leather industry is a fascinating one, and our staff and wonderful volunteers are really proud of the town`s traditions and love to share this history. Please call again! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit! I usually visit Walsall for the shopping, college or cinema but last week I visited to go to the Walsall Leather Museum. At the Leather Museum I saw how craftsmen made and used leather to make beautiful products sold all over the world. The staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I purchased locally made leather... More 

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comments, it`s great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We do something of a reputation for our friendly staff and volunteers, and everyone here loves to share their knowledge about Walsall`s amazing leather industry with visitors. We have lots of activity sessions planned for the coming months- please see our website, or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum, you can learn the techniques traditionally used in the local area. Something for everyone, practical activities for kids, everyone from Walsall should go

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

It`s good to hear that you enjoyed your visit and many thanks for taking the time to review us. We are always developing new activities and new exhibitions, so please call again soon. More 

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids really enjoyed making keyrings this afternoon, but the highlight was the staff member taking time to show them and allow them to try on leather armour. Sorry to hear that the council are thinking of closing this museum; it was our first visit and would love to come back.

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Leathermuseum, General Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, it`s great to have the feedback and to hear that you all enjoyed your visit. We are still open, so please do visit us again sometime! More 

England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a visit on Wednesday last and was delighted to have visited this amazing museum. I am not sure if there are any other leather museums in the UK but this one should not be threatened with closure. Every aspect of the trade is shown in different rooms and it is fantastic to be able to touch many pieces... More 

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Leathermuseum, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic review, I`m so pleased to hear that you had a great visit. Wendy is a star and really does bring the subject alive with her fascinating stories of more than 50 years working in the local leather trades. The museum is still open five days a week (Tues-Sat) and we very much hope that lots... More 

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