Following recent government announcements easing lockdown, Walsall Leather Museum is preparing to open its doors again on Wednesday 5 August. This is planned as the first phase of re-opening safely, with a strong focus on the safety of all visitors, staff and museum volunteers. As of 8 August all visitors to the borough’s Museum and Galleries will also be expected to wear face coverings, unless exempt from doing so.
The Leather Museum and the New Art Gallery will both be re-opening on the same day, marking the start of summer visitor attractions in Walsall.
Councillor Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture, said:
“We are pleased to have the Leather Museum re-opening in time for families to visit over the summer holidays. It is great also to see the Walsall 100 exhibition there showcasing the breadth of our Borough’s industrial contribution and creativity over so many years – it’s well worth a visit.”
“Building on our successful approach in restarting our library services, our focus on re-opening is to proceed very carefully and safely, and staying in step with our neighbouring authorities. Museum staff are adhering to official guidance and recommended best practice and risk assessments have taken place. We are adopting a phased approach and will seek to learn from our initial opening phase and the emerging national picture.”
In this initial phase, the following will all be open for you to visit:
- The museum galleries telling the story of Walsall’s world-renowned leather industry from its lorinery beginnings right up to the present day.
- Its fascinating workshops laid out in an actual leather factory setting, showing the stages from tannery, to belts and bridles and how they were made.
- A special “Walsall 100” exhibition, showcasing the sheer range of goods manufactured in Walsall as the “Town of One Hundred Trades” from some of its great industrial companies right through to today’s leading firms. See everything from an Old Hall tea set or a Servis washing machine to a giant bolt from the Blackpool Tower!
- The museum shop will be open and selling its full range of high-quality leather goods, but there’ll be no coffee shop facility or refreshments in the short term.
Admission to the Leather Museum is free.
The Leather Museum’s usual summer programme of events for children and families will not be possible this year, but watch out for a raft of family-friendly craft activities to try at home. These will be building on the success of our online craft activities during lockdown – using suggested crafting materials easily found around the home. These proved very popular, with a reach of over 10,000, and people not only engaging but sharing their creations online.
If you’d like to bring some crafting and colour into your home this summer, keep a watch on the museum’s Facebook page to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/walsallleathermuseum/
See the Leather Museum’s webpages at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/places_to_visit/museums/walsall_leather_museum