Blogs

Do you love all things leather? Do you have a passion for telling the stories of the past?

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Email: victoria.green@nationalleathercollection.org

Spotlight On … Canes & Quivers.

14th February 2018

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 Graham Lampard and looks at two weapons; a sword cane, and a Florentine quiver.

Reflections on the Leather Industry Dinner.

8th February 2018

At the beginning of February, our curator – Philip Warner – attended the Leather Industry Dinner at Leathersellers’ Hall. In this blog, he reflects upon the companion exhibition provided by the National Leather Collection and the modern leather industry.

Leather x Disney.

1st February 2018

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have been pop culture icons for decades, and are now breaking their way into the leathery world of fashion. This blog explores some of the most wanted Disney collaborations with luxury leather brands. Do you own any of these? Share and hashtag #NLCdisney!

WWI: Past and Present.

25th January 2018

To mark the centenary, the National Leather Collection is exploring the impact that WWI had upon Northampton and the leather industry. This week, we are telling the story of Private William Green and his war, through his souvenir from the front line.

Hide & Seek: The Fur Debate.

18th January 2018

Let’s talk leather and fashion! In our new microblogging series, Lindsey Riley of the London College of Fashion looks at how trends of the past are just as relevant today. This week’s post looks at fur, and how attitudes have changed through time.

Spotlight On … George III’s toilet.

11th January 2018

Newest post in our fortnightly 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 explores the glamorous history behind King George III’s commode. Nothing like lowering the tone to welcome the New Year!

Hide & Seek: Signature Piece.

4th January 2018

Let’s talk leather and fashion! In our new microblogging series, Lindsey Riley of the London College of Fashion looks at how trends of the past are just as relevant today. This week’s post looks at oversize branding and logos, comparing the modern and historical.

Spotlight On … Pigeons in bras.

14th December 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 explores a leather harness used by carrier pigeons for the transportation of blood samples.

Spotlight On … a WWII Japanese map case.

7th December 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 looks at a Japanese officer’s map case from the Second World War.

Leather at Lunchtime: Being Human Festival.

30th November 2017

Last week, the National Leather Collection hosted the “Leather at Lunchtime” lecture series as part of the Being Human Festival 2017. Over three days, we had lectures on Georgian boots, blackjacks and beer drinking and contemporary design. If you were unable to attend, catch up with us here!

Spotlight On … the M50.

15th November 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 talks about a recently acquired Hungarian helmet from postwar Budapest, and the city’s difficult history.

Gambling with leather!

9th November 2017

Graham Lampard explores a brief history of gambling and its relationship with leather. Gambling is still very much a part of modern recreation, and leather continues to play a role. This blog introduces you to a fur coat with a unique history, and the rules of cockfighting in 1754.

Leather at Cambridge Things

2nd November 2017

Last week our curator, Philip Warner, visited Cambridge University to give a talk on leather as part of the Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400 – 2000 seminar series. This blog gives an insight into the themes of the lecture, and a look at some of the objects featured.

Spotlight On … the Vision of Mary.

26th October 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 talks about an Ethiopian manuscript recounting the Vision of Mary.

Spotlight On … the bag from Beyrouth.

18th October 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 and talks about one of our ‘unknown’ items, a vintage leather travelling bag from the turn of the century.

Spotlight On … the Dublin Dig.

11th October 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 talks about the archaeological leather finds from the 1968 excavation of the High St. in Dublin.