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NLC says #ThanksToYou!

On the 13th December, the National Leather Collection wants to say #ThanksToYou for playing the National Lottery and supporting the Heritage Lottery Fund. To say thank you, we would like to offer a free mince pie and a cup of tea or coffee to visitors with a lottery ticket. T&Cs apply, click the link for more details.

Fur Excellence in Athens: 23rd – 25th March 2018.

An International Fur Festival to honour Christian Dior, who shook the world of fashion 70 years ago, fur and craftsmanship. Vasilis Kardasis and Elias Reeves are working in partnership to bring to Athens a celebration of fur like no other. Registration is open now for visitors and exhibitors.

Leather at London Craft Week.

From the 9th – 13th May, join us at London Craft Week for a showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, workshops and more. The National Leather Collection will be displaying some its finest examples of leather working with the help of contemporary leather designer Bill Amberg. Further details TBC.

Blogs & Media

Spotlight On … (14/12/17)

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

The UKLF on the Being Human Festival.

The UK Leather Federation reports back on the Being Human Festival and the “Leather at Lunchtime” lecture series. Bill Amberg, a contemporary leather designer, talks about leather in the modern world. If you missed the Being Human Festival, this is the perfect way to catch up!

Spotlight On … (07/12/17)

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

Leather at Lunchtime: Being Human Festival.

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 … (14/11/17)

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

Leather at Cambridge Things (15/11/17)

Last month 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. If you missed the lecture, catch the podcast here for an insight into the history of blackjacks and the National Leather Collection.

Gambling with leather!

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 (02/11/17)

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 … (26/10/17)

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 talks about our mysterious Ethiopian Manuscript, purported to be the ‘Vision of Mary’.

Spotlight On … (18/10/17)

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

Spotlight On … (11/10/17)

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

Article in the Nenequirer, October 2017.

Read about the progress made by the NLC in October’s edition of Nenequirer. Victoria Green, talks about the success of our Open Day on September 9th as part of the Heritage Open Days Weekend, and our plans for the future.

Article in Total Shoe Concept Oct Newsletter.

This month’s newsletter from Total Shoe Concept – a online sourcing tool for footwear and leather components – have features a piece written by Victoria Green which offers a retrospective look at the success of the NLC Open Day, and outlines aspirations for the future.

Article in NN Pulse Magazine, October 2017.

Find the NLC mentioned in October’s edition of NN Pulse Magazine. Our curator, Philip Warner, talks about the success of our Open Day on September 9th as part of the Heritage Open Days Weekend, and our plans for the future.

Spotlight On … (28/09/17)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.