Black Country History Web Site

Black Country History is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.
The eight partners involved in this website are:
Dudley Archives and Local History Service
Dudley Museums Service
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
Sandwell Museums Service
Walsall Local History Centre
Walsall Museums Service
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service

Contact information for accessibility help


[email protected]


01902 552055

Postal Address

Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street

Walsall Museum Service

NameWalsall Museum Service
AddressWalsall Leather Museum
Littleton Street West
CountyWest Midlands
CountryUnited Kingdom
Telephone01922 652288
Email[email protected]
Access ConditionsPlease call us on 01922 652288 to enquire about our collections.

Objects not on display can be viewed by prior appointment only.
Operational HoursOpen Tuesday - Saturday
01 April - 31 October: 10am - 5pm
01 November - 31 March: 10am - 4pm
WebsiteVisit website
Collections OverviewWalsall Leather Museum
For two hundred years Walsall people have been making some of the world's finest saddles and leather goods. The displays around the Museum tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade, and feature splendid examples of local craftsmanship past and present, including saddles made for the Royal Family and exciting contemporary designs.

Study and Collections Store

Walsall Museum Service stores and cares for a wide-ranging collection of artefacts reflecting Walsall Borough's heritage, its many industries, and the lives of the people who lived here. In particular, there is a large costume collection, including the nationally important Hodson Shop collection of twentieth century working-class clothing. We also hold large collections of lorinery, locks, and cast brass; as well as artefacts relating to domestic and social life in the Borough, and to local heroes Sister Dora and John Henry Carless, VC. Objects formerly displayed at Walsall Museum, Willenhall Town Museum, Birchills Canal Museum, and the Jerome K. Jerome Birthplace Museum are stored here. Access by appointment only.