Museum of Leathercraft

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The Museum of Leathercraft is the only museum of industry devoted to the study of leahter. It is internationally acknowledged as having one of the finest collections of leather artifacts in the world. The Museum of Leathercraft has registered Museum status and is a Registered Charity No.313056. Founded in 1946 by John Waterer and Claude Spiers, the museum now has over 5000 leather objects, examples of ingenuity, creativity and superb craftsmanship that serve to show the importance of leather as a raw material across the centuries. Most of the collection is in store. To view the reserve collection, or to use the library - in the first instance contact the Collections Liaison Officer for more information.

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Opening hours

The Museum of Leathercraft is currently in the care of Northampton Borough Council. A gallery in Abington Museum displays some of our most significant and interesting items:
Abington Museum, Abington Park, Northampton, UK
+44(0)1604 838 111

March/October Tuesday to Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm
November/February Tuesday to Sunday 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Admission charges


Additional info

Leather resource centre available for study
10,000 images
5,000 objects
only small part of the collection is currently on display

• Saddlery and equestrian leather
• Luggage and travel
• Furniture
• Gilt and decorative leather
• Boots and shoes
• Fine bookbindings
• Leather Vessels
• Contemporary craftsmanship
• Medieval artifacts
• Gloves and clothing
• Everyday objects of social history
• Ethnographic objects

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Literature, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Queen Victoria’s side saddle
  • Sedan chair
  • Leather vessels
  • Bookbindings
  • Boots and shoes
  • Saddlery and equestrian leather

Museum of Leathercraft
c/o Central Museum & Art Gallery
Guildhall Road


Museum of Leathercraft site

Abingdon Museum


Collections & Engagement Officer


direct line

01604 838976

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