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Walsall Leather Museum

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Address: Littleton St. W., Walsall WS2 8EQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1922 652288
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Made two nerds very happy

My wife is a saddler and I used to sell saddles, and we both ride horses. Learning about the manufacturing process of the leather we both like so much, and then talking about its... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
hardtom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife is a saddler and I used to sell saddles, and we both ride horses. Learning about the manufacturing process of the leather we both like so much, and then talking about its use in various leather goods, and how various things are made was fascinating. The volunteer staff there is highly motivated and even more knowledgeable. Keep it... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Thi was an excelllent visit made interesting by the guide who had worked at the museum from when he was a boy.He is 89 with no plans to retiree.Learnt a lot about the leather industry and with anecdotes from the guide it was made very personal.Excellent visit.lunch at the cafe was really good value for money too.

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

Thank you for your great review. As you noticed, we are blessed with a wonderful team of volunteer demonstrators who are passionate about leatherworking and love nothing more than sharing their enthusiasm with vistors! I will pass on you kind comments to the volunteer you met ( Ron), which I know will really make his day. More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Museum well laid out, shop and café as well. Experienced staff with interesting stories to tell. Would make a good visit for home craft fans. Anyone who fancies trying their hand at hand crafting leather good should come and look - plenty of tips to be had.

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

Thank you for your supportive review, I`m pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We get lots of enquiries from leather crafters, both experienced and novice, and always take pleasure in trying to help them. We also run all day workshop sessions giving people a chance to try thier hand at leatherworking (and other crafts) . Our new events programme... More 

West Bromwich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The Walsall Leather Museum is a fantastic place to take primary school children. The staff are 'children friendly' and we had recently 3 wonderful and educational 'hands on' experiences with three small groups of children from our Class 3. A really big 'Thank You' to David, Wendy, Paul and Ian from staff and pupils of Millfield Primary School.

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. Education is at the heart of everything we do as a museum, so it is very helpful and encouraging to have such positive feedback from a local school. I will pass on your kind comments to the team here- I know they will be delighted! More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit to the Museum, and indeed to Walsall. I learned so much about the industry and about the town's social history. I could almost taste, smell and hear the work that used to go on. We were blessed with some exceptionally friendly volunteer staff who could talk about their years spent in the leather industry. They... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review and I am absolutely delighted that we left you with such a positive view of our town. The Leather Museum really does aim to promote Walsall and its fantastic leather trade which we really are proud of. I will pass on your comments to our lovely demonstrators too - they truly are our most... More 

Melksham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The NHBS AGM has for many years been held in the meeting room at the Walsall Leather museum excellent venue friendly staff and so handy to have the café next to the meeting room. Loads of parking in the public car park opposite who could ask for more. Walsall is a most appropriate location for our meetings as it was... More 

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

I`m delighted to hear that you are pleased with the meeting room. I think this is the 27th year that the NHBS has hired the room, so that says quite a lot in itself! The combination of easy ground floor access, good public car parking nearby, and our very friendly cafe team all help to make this a popular room,... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Walsall Leather Museum is a great tribute to Walsall and the surrounding area's. It is both interesting and enjoyable! The staff are both knowledgeable and friendly. What is most impressive to me are the sections of the museum are hands on, which mean that you walk away with more information on the subject than most museums and makes the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. I agree with your comments on regarding the hands-on elements of the museum; they are hugely popular with our visitors (both adults and children!) and help to make a visit to the museum really special. We hope you will return to visit us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Wonderfully interesting and insightful museum. Lived in the area all my life & have family who have worked in the leather industry. Well worth a visit with friendly staff and a lovely cafe too.

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

I`m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. Many thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review, we really appreciate it. More 

Musselburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I entered this attraction with a mind set of scepticism with my friend, after all - what is there to be interested about leather history and manufacture? How wrong is was.... despite entering on a quiet weekday afternoon we both found the venue fascinating in way of local history and the evolution of the industry. What made it really special... More 

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

Thank you for your warm and enthusiastic review. It gives everyone at the museum a great boost to receive such generous praise (particularly the `benchmark for local museums comment!`), and I will make sure all the team get an opportunity to see your kind comments. Please visit us again some time, and carry on spreading the word about the museum! More 

Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

You should visit the leather museum. It is absolutly nice. The staff is adorable and would answer to any questions that you may have. The museum is full of informations about leather but also about Walsall, which is very interesting ! Wendy and Paul work as volunteers at the museum on Friday, don't hesitate to talk to them they are... More 

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

What a lovely review - thank you so much. I'm so glad you have had such positive experiences when you have visited us. And we agree, Wendy and Paul are fantastic and we know how lucky we are to have them! We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

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