We have an opportunity.

We are working hard to create a community resource in the centre of Northamptonshire. We have a unique opportunity to give a nationally important collection back to the public. To celebrate Northamptonshire’s fascinating heritage in leather. To provide a free for entry community space. To become a focal point for craftspeople and their works. To connect the University of Northampton to the wider community. To drive tourism to the town centre. To create job and volunteering opportunities. To craft and sell hand-made leather goods. To host a venue for conferences and meetings. To engage with schools and provide learning experiences.
We have a clear vision that we are working hard to achieve, through the efforts of our existing trustees and staff. As a community resource, we are reaching out to you for help to build this shared space and create a sustainable future for the collection.

Please support us

Become a Patron

Come on board as a trustee to help us to shape the development of the National Leather Collection and how it tells the story of leather to the public. Whether it be a one-off donation or continued support, we would love to meet you.

Become a Sponsor

For an annual commitment of £5,000 we will give you recognition and marketing space in our free for entry public attraction. We will provide an advertising platform for your business or website. We will give you exclusive entry to our events and activities including our annual gala AGM held in London each June. We will also let you use our venue as a space for one event per annum, free of charge.

Become a Friend

Join us and get involved with the day to day. Sponsor our space from £10 per square foot and in exchange we will invite you to our events and exhibition launches. We will email you our newsletters, blogs and updates as well as inviting you to monthly ‘Friends of the NLC’ meetings for you to network and meet up with like-minded fellows.

Become a Volunteer

The gift of your time and expertise is of great value for us. We could use help in a whole variety of different areas, from research and collections-care to administration and DIY. If you have some time to spare, and think you would be interested in working with a nationally important collection, please give us a call to arrange a cup of tea and a chat.


Our challenge is to raise funds to fit out our new home and ensure that our objects are properly stored. We need £200,000 per year in order to operate on a day-to-day basis, and £750,000 over the next five years for long term conservation and care of items.

Visit our MyDonate page

Do you shop online? Consider joining GoRaise and helping the National Leather Collection to raise money every time you shop. It won’t cost you a penny, and all money raised will go towards developing our visitor services.

Visit our GoRaise page