Includes interesting stories from the world of leather and updates on the Museum. Issued periodically.
The Museum of Leather Craft (IMOLC) is one of the finest collections of historic and contemporary items made of leather in the world. It is a collection that richly illustrates how important leather has been in society across the world over a millennium and, in particular, over the last five hundred years.
2. to research and chart the history of the leather manufacturing and production industries, together with supporting documentation for the purposes of study, reference and general interest.
4. to bring the collection to and engage with an wide ranging audience, to share the collection’s diversity, demonstrating evolving and advancing technologies, the development of skills in design and manufacturing techniques and craftsmanship of the highest order.
As I write, we have received the news that all legal and bureaucratic details have been settled, and we are now the tenants of part of the Grosvenor Centre in the heart of Northampton!! We can now forge ahead with preparing our site to show the public. Internal alterations start on Monday 13th, and all here are getting excited as to how the future will look. Hopefully I can persuade our Curator and Project Manager to take photographs along the way, and post them on the site, so that everyone will be able to see our progress. It’s been a long and, at times, frustrating road to get to this stage, but we are now here, and “on our way”!!!
Keep logging in for progress reports!!
This is your opportunity to share a leather item that you have seen, owned, treasured or are interested in.
It is simple – Go to the Leather is Everywhere Gallery by scrolling down this page. Upload details of the item and click Send!
Please check out the Events page. You will find there a directory of Trade Fairs, Courses, Workshops, Exhibitions and Competitions compiled by Caroline Darke.
New items are purchased or commissioned regularly to maintain a contemporary as well as an historic aspect to the collection. Indeed, every year since 1978, the museum has commissioned or purchased a new piece of contemporary leatherwork. Exciting recent acquisitions include those from Whittaker Malem, Bill Amberg, Georgina Goodman and this year four exciting jewellery designers Tania Clarke Hall, Amma Gyan, Tanya Igic and Kate Sheridan all producing quite different designs, showing diverse skills.
We present here a selection of items that illustrate the scope of the collection.
We are in the process of recording many more items from the collection on our web site. To find these please check out our catalogue.