Includes interesting stories from the world of leather and updates on the Museum. Issued periodically.
The collection consists of over varied 5000 items that span several centuries, cultures and crafts reflecting the development of leather craft across the world.
252 bookbinding’s and rare books dating from 15th – 20th centuries
65 internationally important manuscripts dating from 1st CE fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls to 19th century passports
454 gloves(pairs), arguably one of the best collections in Britain
695 ‘cases’ from 15th century luggage to 20th century cigarette boxes.
125 caskets or strong, dating from the 12th to 19th century
154 ‘gilt’ leather wall hangings salvaged from English and Dutch houses as early as the 17th Century
204 Saddles and saddle bags – including Queen Victoria’s riding saddle
Contemporary works of art in leather from the leading English designers of the late 20th century
Celebrity items – Fragments of The Dead Sea Scrolls Donald Campbell and Anna Pavlova’s gloves. Pepys’ wallet. Andre Previns’ Belt
Arguably Europe’s largest collection of fur garments
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.
There is also an extensive archive resource containing over 2000 books, periodicals, and photographs; along with a significant collection of writings, notes and lectures from our founders.
To explore a fascinating world of leather and enter our virtual catalogue where you will find a representative sample of items from the collection click here. New items will be added to the catalogue on a regular basis so please return to view the latest additions.
Alternatively, why not share your favourite leather item with the world, whether it is something you own or you have seen, click here.
We are always looking to enhance our Collections and therefore, encourage donations from both individuals and organisations. If you have any leather or leather related items including artefacts, documentation, photographic material or artwork and would like to consider donating them on a temporary or permanent basis so that others can research and enjoy them please contact us.
The collection consists of contributions submitted by the public of leather items seen, owned, treasured or interested in.