Few towns in the UK can match Walsall for sheer industrial diversity. Everything from saddles for the Queen to wheelbarrows, sports cars, locks and keys. Did you know that the world’s first self adhesive stamps have been made here.
In this illustrated talk, Mike Glasson, Curator of the Leather Museum, explores the origins of some of these trades, showing how many of them have their roots in rich local deposits of coal and minerals which first began to be exploited in the middle ages.
Mike looks at the boom years of the Victorian era, when the Earls of Bradford developed their extensive Walsall estate, and the British Empire provided a ready market for everything the town could make.
He concludes with an overview of Walsall today, revealing the surprising number of skilled trades and crafts still being practised in the town.
Tickets cost £5.00 per person including tea or coffee on arrival in the Granary Art Gallery.
Ticket holders can also visit the House, Park and Gardens with our compliments and take in the views and vistas for themselves.
Arrival from 10.30am
Pre-booking is required by calling Suzanne Parkin on 01952 852130