Blogs

How to build a museum: Heritage Open Day!

12th September 2017

On September 9th 2017, the NLC had its very first Open Day in partnership with the Heritage Open Day weekend. Read all about our journey from cardboard boxes to exhibition spaces, and find out how you can help.

Spotlight On … Powder Flasks.

1st September 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Philip Warner and talks about our unique Afghan powder flasks.

Spotlight On … Anti-garrotte collars.

24th August 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green and reveals the gruesome history behind our Victorian anti-garrotting collars.

Spotlight On … Queen Victoria’s Saddle.

17th August 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green and tells the fascinating story of Queen Victoria’s side saddle.

Spotlight On … the Tollund Man.

3rd August 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green and tells the fascinating story of our human leather, from an infamous Danish bog body over 2,300 years old.

Transcribing the past: blackjacks and bottells.

2nd August 2017

Follow the journey of volunteer Wayne Robinson as he attempts to transcribe the Oliver Baker Archives for the very first time. This blog describes the trials and tribulations of working with handwritten material, and the importance of the archive itself.

Spotlight On … Blackjacks & Smugglers

27th July 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green and tells the story of our 17th Century blackjack, purportedly once owned by nefarious Cornish smuggler, Will Watch.

Spotlight On … Egyptian Shoes

20th July 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green on our ~1,500 year old Coptic sandals.

Spotlight On … Pince Nez

13th July 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Dr. Graham Lampard on our Holmesian Victorian chatelaine and prince nez.

These boots weren’t made for walkin’!

29th June 2017

Dr. Graham Lampard reflects upon a lecture given by Matthew McCormack at the University of Northampton, focused on three of our incredible boots. Read to learn more about boots, material culture and Georgian masculinities.

Spotlight On … London Porters

15th June 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green on our 19th Century London Porter badges.

Spotlight On … Theban Underpants

8th June 2017

Newest post in our weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Victoria Green on our 18th Dynasty Theban loincloths.

Bookbindings, Bolsheviks and Ballet

30th May 2017

A companion piece to our new weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’. This week we are focusing on our Zaehnsdorf Bookbindings. Learn how one bookbinding can link the last Tasrina of Russia, the ballet Giselle and the birth of a Parnassian literature. Written by Victoria Green.

Spotlight On … Zaehnsdorf Bookbindings

25th May 2017

Introduction to our new weekly microblog series ‘Spotlight On …’, which will focus on some of our key curiosities and most unique leatherworks. This week’s entry is written by Dr. Graham Lampard on one of our Zaehnsdorf Bookbindings.

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Email: victoria.green@nationalleathercollection.org