The museum will host a series of ‘Leather at Lunchtime’ lectures by guest speakers in collaboration with the University of Northampton. Between 12pm and 2pm on November 21-23, the museum will propose the following introductory talks:

Tuesday, November 21: Matthew McCormack (University of Northampton) explores the history of boots

Wednesday, November 22: Tom Rusbridge (Birmingham University) introduces leather drinking vessels

Thursday, November 23: Bill Amberg (Bill Amberg Studio) talks about contemporary leather design

Now in its fourth year, the ‘Being Human’, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich the everyday lives, how people can better understand themselves and the challenges faced in a changing world. The 2016 festival featured over 250 events in 45 towns and cities across the UK.

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