Blogs

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Email: victoria.green@nationalleathercollection.org

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.

Spotlight On … Taihō Kōki.

28th 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 Victoria Green and talks about our unique Japanese tobacco purse, owned by a famous sumo wrestler.

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.