Walsall Leather Museum is located in Walsall and was opened in 1988 in an original Victorian factory building, renovated by Walsall Council. It tells the story of the leather trade in Walsall; charting the town's rise from a small market town into an international saddle-making centre. 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 the 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.
In 1900, at the peak of the industry, approximately 10,000 people were employed locally in preparing leather, and making saddles, horse bridles and related leather items. It is estimated that there are still at least 40 manufacturers of saddles and bridles in the town including a number of makers of bags and light leathergoods, including Royal Warrant holders. Guided tours available. 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, Thursdays (a.m.), Fridays and alternate Saturdays. The visitor assistants will be happy to demonstrate at other times. Attractive gardens and picnic area. Baby-changing facilities. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities. Assistance dogs are welcome and there is plenty to touch for the visually impaired.
Location : Leather Museum, Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8EW
Transport: Walsall (National Rail) 8 minutes. Bus Routes : 2E, 19, 26, 29, 301 and 302 stop close by.
Opening Times : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00.
Tickets : Free