What’s On

How to build a museum: Heritage Open Day!

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 … (01/09/17)

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 … (24/08/17)

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.

Interview with BBC Radio Northampton.

Our Curator, Philip Warner, chatted to John Griff on Sunday 20th August about our collection’s significance, the opening of our museum, and the challenges that we have faced to return it to the public.
Listen from 1:34:00 to hear the full interview.

Spotlight On … (17/08/17)

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 saddle.

Progress Update!

With one month to go until the official opening of the National Leather Collection, curator Philip Warner gives us a tour of the main exhibition space and shows how much progress has been made. Very exciting times ahead; it’s finally starting to look like a real museum!

Spotlight On … (03/08/17)

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.

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 … (17/08/17)

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 Queen Victoria’s Saddle.

Spotlight On … (20/07/17)

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 … (13/07/17)

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.

Interview on BBC Radio Northampton

Philip Warner, our curator, and John Josephs of the Northampton Hebrew Congregation were interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton. Listen to the 9th July Martin Heath Show, from 01:27:00 to learn all about the role of tefillin in Jewish worship.

These boots weren’t made for walkin’!

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 … (15/06/17)

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.

Interview on BBC Radio Northampton

Listen to our curator, Philip Warner, give an interview with BBC Radio Northampton on the Carson Wishart show, 12th June 2017. Everything you ever needed to know about vellum!

Spotlight On … (08/06/17)

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 Theban loincloths.

Interview on BBC Radio Northampton

Our curator, Philip Warner, appeared on the Martin Heath show last Sunday (4th June). Listen from 01:52:00 to learn all about the National Leather Collection’s Catholic monstrances.

Bookbindings, Bolsheviks and Ballet

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 … (25/05/17)

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.

Article in the NeneQuirer

The NeneQuirer published an article in its May edition about our collection! The call to action introduced the work we are doing to get our space open to the public, and gives an insight into the collection. Check it out on p.23 of the digital edition.

Interview with BBC Radio Northampton

On the 25th April, our curator Philip Warner appeared on Stuart Linnell at Breakfast to introduce Northampton to the National Leather Collection. Listen from 1:57:00.

Exhibition at London Craft Week

Between the 4th – 7th May, Leather designer Bill Amberg is showcasing some of our spotlight objects as part of London Craft Week. ‘Fine Leatherwork Curated by Bill Amberg at Leathersellers’ Hall’ will exhibit one of the country’s oldest traditions by featuring historical artefacts alongside craftsmanship from a number of contemporary leatherworkers.

Interview on BBC Radio Northampton

Our curator, Philip Warner, will appear on BBC Radio Northampton’s Martin Heath Show this Sunday morning (30th April) between 6am – 9am. He will be talking about the Dead Sea Scroll fragments in our collection, and their incredible religious significance.

A Northampton Secret

The National Leather Collection worked in partnership with Screen Northants to produce this video, giving away one of Northampton’s best kept secrets. Here’s a sneak preview into some of the incredible items that we have in our collection!

Northampton’s Leather Collection

Screen Northants presents an interview with past mayor and current Northampton Borough Councillor Penny Flavell. Funded by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, hear about our internationally significant leather collection, and everything that makes Northampton such a unique town.