A historical building in Walsall, with an arching doorway and a tall tower


Walsall is a historic market town, from its roots back in the 13th century right through to the industrial revolution where it became internationally renowned for its production of leather saddles. If you want to know more about the past of your University’s home and region, there’s a wealth of information to explore at the Walsall Archives and the Leather Museum.  

Statue of Sister Dora with her name chiselled in the stone
Interior of Walsall Archives: desks, chairs and large desktop computers arranged in a room with a square-patterned blue carpet
The leather museum: several saddles are out on display, cuts of leather hung up on the wall, a television screen playing a video in the background
Statue of a soldier in Willenhall Memorial Park, standing to attention on a plinth

Top 3 ways to learn more of the rich history of Walsall.

Walsall Leather Museum stands as a testament to the town's rich heritage in leather craftsmanship.

Housed in historic Victorian buildings, the museum offers a fascinating journey through the centuries, showcasing the traditional methods and skilled artistry involved in the production of leather goods in the region. The museum is completely free to enter and includes a museum shop and coffee shop.

Just a short bus journey from Walsall is Willenhall Memorial Park, created in the 1920s by unemployed ex-servicemen as a tribute to locals who lost their lives in the First World War.

As well as discovering more about the historical significance of the park through its monuments and statues, the area has been expanded and modernised to include a skatepark, outdoor gym and a café.

There are also free cricket and football pitches, as well as tennis courts for hire

Housed inside Walsall Central Library is the Walsall Archives and Local History Centre.

In the archives you can browse the local studies collections, microfiche, and microfilm, and should you want to learn more about your own heritage, use the computers to access Ancestry and Find My Past. The Local History Centre also holds archive date from 1225 to the present day and includes documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and photographs.

Knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.