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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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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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I have visited the Walsall Leather museum with my children many times over the years, it's is a fantastic museum and so informative. In February 2015 my youngest son, who is 15... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I have visited the Walsall Leather museum with my children many times over the years, it's is a fantastic museum and so informative. In February 2015 my youngest son, who is 15 was given a placement there on a Friday afternoon. He absolutely loves his 2 hours there every week, even volunteering to go in his own time in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Straightaway you are met by very friendly staff and the most pleasant surroundings you can imagine. The displays are informative and well laid out. At times there are helpers there so you can have a go at making something - like an embossed key fob or book marker. Shows the fascinating history of leather goods and loriner (bits, etc. )... More 

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Stourbridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely museum with lots of well thought out interesting displays. The cafe is well run and very pretty too. Handy parking over the road. A happy hour was spent browsing here.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Quite busy and had a experienced saddle maker show us some of the technics in producing saddles.We found lots of different things being made.We were told there are about 40 other saddle makers in the Walsall area.We spent about an hour going around all the rooms,there must be seven or eight different rooms showing from start to finish the making... More 

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Lichfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a smaller but fascinating Museum about the history of leather in Walsall. Lots of exhibits and restored workshops plus a well stocked shop. Our demonstrator was worth a visit In own right. At 90, Ron's mind was as clear as it was at half the age. He helped to make our visit very enjoyable. There's also a good... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. Ron is star and we are lucky to have such an enthusiastic demonstrator who loves his subject. Our new café team have also made a good impression on visitors with their delicious cakes and tasty home cooked meals. Many thanks for taking the time to write, and come again soon! More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I grew up in Walsall but only visit now and again to see family but I try to go to the Leather Museum once a year with my children - it doesn't sound particularly exciting as museum themes go but it's really well done and brings the subject to life. Ron, a former leather industry worker, is 89 and still... More 

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

It`s great to hear you are a regular visitor to the museum. We try to change things around so that our regulars will always find something new to see on their next visit. Our latest exhibition showcases some amazing highlights from Walsall Museum including the fabulous Bayards Colts. the bizarre Scold`s Bridle and a wealth of local craftsmanship. Many thanks... More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great place to take the kids to learn about the history of leather making, This is what Walsall is know for. Also, it's free.

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

Thanks for a great review. We love the school holidays when the museum is filled with kids trying out our summer activities- it really gives the place a buzz. We`ve got activities most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer holidays (details on our website) and with most events there`s no need to book, just turn up! More 

Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My son and I had never been to Walsall and it was the London Midland ticket staff at Walsall station who said check the museum out. What a little Gem Thank you to Ron for explaining the leather process and the history and his own experience the man is Ninety in August so you are meeting someone who started in... More 

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

Dear Marc and Ben, Thank you so much for a lovely review. It`s great to hear you both enjoyed your time here, and I`m really pleased you gave a thumbs up for our smashing new caterers who are doing a great job, and wowing the customers with their home cooked meals and delicious cakes. We have a tiny advertising budget... More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The crafting courses are wonderful. They are run by excellent people who specialize in their craft. Very enjoyable and the end result is a beautiful piece of art work to take home that you have created.

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

Thank you for your enthusiastic review. We are delighted you are enjoying the courses so much, and look forward to seeing you on more courses in the future. More 

Staffordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Visited by Ian who had heard about Walsall's history of leather making, he went to find out more and had an enjoyable hour or so looking at the informative displays and talking to Ron who is an expert in leather making having started in 1940. There are examples of how leather is made and the equipment used as well as... More 

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

Many thanks for your very positive review. Its always good to hear that people have enjoyed their visit to the museum. Ron is a star and his enthusiasm for the subject is unique- he must be one of the most enthusiastic and energetic (nearly) 90 year olds in the country! Thank you once again for the feedback ,and hope to... More 

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