Hat Works Museum

Hat Works Museum PLEASE NOTE: Hat Works Museum is currently closed for refurbishment. The museum shop is open Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm. Hat Works is the UK's only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear.
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This award winning visitor attraction offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. The museum is home to a recreated hat factory with some 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines and a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. Experience a hub of excellence, creativity and innovation for milliners, crafts-people, designer makers and those with a keen interest in haute couture fashion and cutting edge textile design. Don't miss our great Family Fun Zone, where younger visitors are entertained by a range of interactive and educational play provisions.

It's the start of the working week, so let us cheer you with these fabulous #MondayBlues hats from the collection. 1) Ha...
03/02/2020

It's the start of the working week, so let us cheer you with these fabulous #MondayBlues hats from the collection.

1) Hat made by Donald Lovat Fraser; blue, small crown, asymmetric brim with a headstrap that fits behind the head. Blocked buckram foundation covered with fabric and embroidered in sky blue thread. Late 20th century reproduction of a hat dating from 1938.
2) Sculpted turquoise blue feather circlet hat; made by Frederick Fox, around 1980.
3) Royal blue slouch hat; with bow detail to one side; from the millinery department at Debenham & Freebody (Debenhams!), 1950s/60s.
4) Pillbox hat, covered with teal velvet, and trimmed with turquoise satin ribbon around the crown, which meets at the nape and forms a bow. Label is 'Condor Model', 1960s.

All of these beautiful hats are safely packed away while we work on the Hat Works re-development....

25/01/2020
Friends of Hat Works Museum

We are delighted to Introduce Friends of Hat Works Museum. Formed in 2019, this Friends group is a community led voluntary organisation. They will be delivering 3 wonderful days of sharing in February to include making activities, an exhibition, fashion show and free food thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund.

Read all about them here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Friends-of-Hat-Works-Museum-108462877265479/about/?ref=page_internal.
Give them a follow and help share the word!

Friends of Friends of Stockport Hat Works Museum is a community led voluntary organisation advocating for safeguarding and promoting access to Stockport Hat Works Museum archives for communities benefits through a range of activities.


Walk in the footsteps of hatters!Join expert, Sue Lea on a Stockport town centre hatting walk. Your guide will take you ...
23/01/2020

Walk in the footsteps of hatters!

Join expert, Sue Lea on a Stockport town centre hatting walk. Your guide will take you round the key sites and talk about characters that played a part in Stockport's hat trade.

Saturday January 25 at 10.30am. Tickets £8. For more information and to book, call 0161 474 2399.

www.stockport.gov.uk/museums

Shop at Hat Works We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, acce...
22/01/2020

Shop at Hat Works

We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, accessories, gorgeous fashion and textile books, toys and gifts for sale.

There are still a few places on our Hatting Walk on Saturday! The weather forecast is good so join us for some exercise,...
22/01/2020

There are still a few places on our Hatting Walk on Saturday! The weather forecast is good so join us for some exercise, meet new people and see Stockport from a different perspective.

Our factory floor may be out of bounds at the moment but that won’t stop us sharing Stockport’s hatting history on our popular ‘Hatting Walk'. Grab your walking shoes, get outdoors and take in the sites that played a key role in hat trade. Sat 25th Jan at 10.30am. Tickets £8. For booking and info give us a call on 0161 474 2399 (Tues- Fri 10am-4pm).

Looking forward to this!
21/01/2020

Looking forward to this!

Setting up ready for Saturday's exhibition launch! Check out "It takes a village..." this Saturday 25th January, 11:00-15:00 here at Arc Centre Gallery Cafe, Hat Works. There will also be a special village-themed Saturday Art Club alongside!
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Stockport Council
20/01/2020

Stockport Council

Stockport Council and partners have launched the Culture Champions Programme after its great success in Manchester🎉

The Stockport Culture Champions Programme wants to enable organisations and community groups to develop cultural activities for and with older people in Stockport.

Culture Champions are volunteers over the age of 50 who want to help develop and promote cultural activities of interest to older people. As a Culture Champion, you will have access to free cultural activities, free training, hear about current cultural activities, and be part of a network of Culture Champions across Greater Manchester.

If you are interested in becoming a Stockport Culture Champion or would like to hear more about the programme and its offers, please contact [email protected]tockport.gov.uk

For all our Culture Champion events, please visit our events page and search for Stockport Culture Champions Programme: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events/

So lovely to hear Clint Boon singing Stockport's praises this morning on Chris Hawkins' show on 6 Music. We particularly...
20/01/2020
Chris Hawkins - Clint Boon - BBC Sounds

So lovely to hear Clint Boon singing Stockport's praises this morning on Chris Hawkins' show on 6 Music. We particularly enjoyed the listener stories about Hat Works - a 1st date many years ago and the more recent UNE gig last October which was part of Mercury Climbing festival. Listen again here: https://crowd.in/EMatgh #ThePlaceThatMakesItself

Clint Boon shares a travel guide of Stockport with us in Hometown Glory.

18/01/2020

Now that engineers are on site, they have been testing if our wonderful 'Tangye' still works. There are a few parts to repair and adjustments to be made, but it's full steam ahead.

Walk in the footsteps of hatters!Join expert, Sue Lea on a Stockport town centre hatting walk. Your guide will take you ...
17/01/2020

Walk in the footsteps of hatters!

Join expert, Sue Lea on a Stockport town centre hatting walk. Your guide will take you round the key sites and talk about characters that played a part in Stockport's hat trade.

Saturday January 25 at 10.30am. Tickets £8. For more information and to book, call 0161 474 2399.

www.stockport.gov.uk/museums

Better late than never.. we’ve been busy behind the scenes today, but happy National Hat Day!
15/01/2020

Better late than never.. we’ve been busy behind the scenes today, but happy National Hat Day!

Shop at Hat Works We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, acce...
14/01/2020

Shop at Hat Works

We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, accessories, gorgeous fashion and textile books, toys and gifts for sale.

Arc Centre and Gallery
14/01/2020
Arc Centre and Gallery

Arc Centre and Gallery

Do you have some pottery skills but nowhere to practise? Starting on January 24th, come along to one or more of our fortnightly Friday clay sessions (13.00 - 15.00) where you can work on your own projects using our fantastic clay studio with the support of our dedicated, inspiring and passionate Pottery Team. Just 3 spaces left for our first session on the January 24th. Click here to book: www.ArcCentreAndGallery.eventbrite.com

Full steam ahead.....on our factory floor! Restoration has begun on our wonderful collection of Victorian hatting machin...
11/01/2020

Full steam ahead.....on our factory floor!

Restoration has begun on our wonderful collection of Victorian hatting machines. Specialist engineers will carefully bring these beautiful 'beasts' back to life. Old gearing systems and corrosive wiring will be replaced, leather pulleys repaired, cotton dust removed and they'll be jet cleaned, oiled and ready to work again - some might even get their whistles back!

A grant from the Association for Industrial Archaeology has made this possible and we couldn't be more excited.

Follow their progress here.....

We LOVE it when people share the hats they have made at Hat Works especially when they look as fabulous as this! Loving ...
10/01/2020

We LOVE it when people share the hats they have made at Hat Works especially when they look as fabulous as this! Loving your work @giuliamiomillinery This gorgeous creation was made using one of our vintage hat blocks during a blocking session at the museum. Stockport, #ThePlaceThatMakesItself

Our factory floor may be out of bounds at the moment but that won’t stop us sharing Stockport’s hatting history on our p...
09/01/2020

Our factory floor may be out of bounds at the moment but that won’t stop us sharing Stockport’s hatting history on our popular ‘Hatting Walk'. Grab your walking shoes, get outdoors and take in the sites that played a key role in hat trade. Sat 25th Jan at 10.30am. Tickets £8. For booking and info give us a call on 0161 474 2399 (Tues- Fri 10am-4pm).

Stockport Council
09/01/2020

Stockport Council

To encourage over 50s to take part in cultural activities, the Stockport Culture Champions Programme are running a series of free workshops. Find out how to attend/book your place below.

🖊Creative Writing Workshops at Central Library every Wednesday at 1.30-3.30pm from 8 January to 19 February 2020: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events?FromSearch=true&Category=arts-and-crafts&Page=2

📽Social Cinema at the Plaza theatre on 28 January and 24 February. Times yet to be agreed. Keep updated on Quality Care of Cheadle.

🗯Keenagers over 60's club at The Space Petersgate every Thursday at 1-3pm: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events?FromSearch=true&DateFrom=&DateTo=&Category=arts-and-crafts

🧺Creative Crochet at the Hatworks every Wednesday at 1-2.30pm from 29 January for 10 weeks. More info on Arc Centre and Gallery

Shop at Hat Works We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, acce...
08/01/2020

Shop at Hat Works

We're open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We have a large selection of hats, accessories, gorgeous fashion and textile books, toys and gifts for sale.

Forget the Pantone Colour of the Year, take inspiration from the glorious colours on this felt sample shade card instead...
07/01/2020

Forget the Pantone Colour of the Year, take inspiration from the glorious colours on this felt sample shade card instead! It was produced by the Associated British Hat Manufacturers Limited (a merger of 5 different hat companies from Stockport and Denton) to show off the rainbow of hatting felts available. Which colour is your favourite? 🎨

Hatting Walk on Saturday Jan 25 at 10.30amA guided walk exploring the history of Stockport's hatting trade with expert, ...
06/01/2020

Hatting Walk on Saturday Jan 25 at 10.30am

A guided walk exploring the history of Stockport's hatting trade with expert, Sue Lea.

For further details and to book a place, call 0161 474 2399.

04/01/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Air Raid Shelters are closed today Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th January 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year from all the staff at Hat Works. We are still un...
20/12/2019

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year from all the staff at Hat Works. We are still undergoing refurbishment, but our shop will be open again on Thursday January 2 and Friday January 3 from 10am-4pm.

Arc Centre and Gallery
11/12/2019

Arc Centre and Gallery

If you're over 50 and feeling a bit isolated, come and join our new Ageing Well Pottery programme starting at Arc Centre, Hat Works, Stockport from January 9th. Meet new people ane explore a range of pottery techniques in a friendly and supportive group.
For more info call the Arc Referrals Team on 0161 474 1462 or email [email protected].

Stockport Museums closed for staff training‘We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday December 10th, Stockport ...
10/12/2019
Museums

Stockport Museums closed for staff training

‘We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday December 10th, Stockport Museum, Staircase House, Hat Works, Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will close to the public at 3.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience’.
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Discover Stockport's museums and galleries and explore their hidden treasures.

Stockport Museums closed for staff training‘We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday December 10th, Stockport ...
09/12/2019
Museums

Stockport Museums closed for staff training

‘We are sorry, but due to staff training on Tuesday December 10th, Stockport Museum, Staircase House, Hat Works, Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will close to the public at 3.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience’.
https://crowd.in/S6gy3f

Discover Stockport's museums and galleries and explore their hidden treasures.

07/12/2019
Hatters Gin

Hatters Gin

I’m at the Hat Works Museum today hosted by Arc Centre and Gallery. A fitting place to do a stall don’t you think? Pop by!

07/12/2019

Makers at the Mill. An Arc event.

Today at Hat Works, 11am - 5pm. Beautiful gifts, jewellery, design and art for sale just in time for Christmas. The café will be selling dinks and snacks. Hats, scarves and gorgeous books available from the Hat Works shop. We'll see you there. https://crowd.in/g4jJMz

Want an idea for a Christmas present? Want something original? Hat Works shop sells beautiful ladies and gent's hats, fa...
05/12/2019

Want an idea for a Christmas present? Want something original? Hat Works shop sells beautiful ladies and gent's hats, fabric, skeins of wool, trimmings and felt hoods in assorted colours. Why not reach for the inner milliner in you? We are open Weds - Friday 10am-5pm and this Saturday from 10am. https://crowd.in/kVUJKz

05/12/2019

Anyone else started their Christmas wrapping yet? At Hat Works we have...but not the kind you're thinking! 🎁

Behind the scenes we gift-wrap objects in tissue and plastic (all re-used and re-usable!) so we can freeze them. This is to stop issues like pests and mould, if the problem arises. Organic materials such as leather, wool, cotton and paper etc. can be prone to this if something in the environmental conditions change. The wrapping must be neat with no air bubbles.

We just don't bother with ribbon! 🎀 ...now where did the sticky tape get to?!

Arc Centre and Gallery
03/12/2019

Arc Centre and Gallery

If you are an older person experiencing low mood or loneliness, then come along to our 12-week programme and explore a range of pottery skills in a friendly and supportive group. Our new Ageing Well Pottery sessions start in 2020 at Arc Centre, Hat Works in Stockport in January - call the Arc Referrals Team on 0161 474 1462 or email [email protected] today!

So excited to have @AmberButchart at Hat Works today for a talk on her favourite hats in history. Amber had a tour aroun...
30/11/2019

So excited to have @AmberButchart at Hat Works today for a talk on her favourite hats in history. Amber had a tour around the museum beforehand and especially liked the retail history objects and the machinery!

It's all happening at Hat Works!There's lots going on today. Arc is running their Saturday Art Club from 11am, the cafe ...
30/11/2019

It's all happening at Hat Works!

There's lots going on today. Arc is running their Saturday Art Club from 11am, the cafe is open 10am - 2pm, our 'Info Lounge' will be open and we have a case with 40 of our favourite hats from the collection to view for one last time before they are packed carefully away so that we can start on building works in the New Year. Entry to Hat Works is free. https://crowd.in/BrYY0k

Saturday Art Club The lovely, creative people from Arc who now share space with us have their first Saturday Art Club at...
29/11/2019

Saturday Art Club

The lovely, creative people from Arc who now share space with us have their first Saturday Art Club at Hat Works tomorrow. It starts from 10am and all ages are welcome for this great family day out. There's a festive activity too. From 10am - 1pm (last entry 12.30pm), you can paint a gorgeous pottery, Christmas jumper for £4. https://crowd.in/4Glahq

Last guided tours - for a while!Get yourself down to Hal Works tomorrow for a guided tour of our wonderful hatting machi...
29/11/2019

Last guided tours - for a while!

Get yourself down to Hal Works tomorrow for a guided tour of our wonderful hatting machines. This will be the last chance before our Factory Floor closes and our 30 fur felt machines are restored to their former glory. Tours will be hourly from 10.30am with the last one at 3.30pm. https://crowd.in/ofLFaN

Hat Works - come and see us!  We're open from 10am today. You can browse our wonderful museum shop or take a guided tour...
29/11/2019

Hat Works - come and see us!

We're open from 10am today. You can browse our wonderful museum shop or take a guided tour of our factory floor. Tours are at 10.30am, 12noon and 2.30pm. https://crowd.in/n9qjCp

Arc Centre and Gallery
28/11/2019

Arc Centre and Gallery

It's this Saturday! Paint a Pottery Xmas Jumper, made by Arc's fantastic pottery team at the Arc Festive Art Club in our new home within Hat Works Museum! Drop in from 10.00-13.00 (last entry 12.30).
£4 per 4" ceramic jumper including materials, other activities and refreshments will be available. How to find us: http://arc-centre.org/visit-us

Today at Hat Works!Why not take a guided tour of our factory floor, see our wonderful hatting machines, hear how hats we...
28/11/2019

Today at Hat Works!

Why not take a guided tour of our factory floor, see our wonderful hatting machines, hear how hats were made and the fascinating stories of the people who made them. We have guided tours at 1pm and 3pm today. Our shop is also open with a gorgeous range of hats, scarves and books. http://www.stockport.gov.uk/museums

Today at Hat Works: Tuesday 26th November 10am - 5pmOur Shop is open. The Machinery Floor is open with tours at 11am and...
26/11/2019

Today at Hat Works: Tuesday 26th November 10am - 5pm
Our Shop is open.
The Machinery Floor is open with tours at 11am and 2pm today.

Keep our opening times handy!We're making big improvements to Hat Works and will be open again from next Tuesday at 10am...
22/11/2019

Keep our opening times handy!

We're making big improvements to Hat Works and will be open again from next Tuesday at 10am.

There's lots happening in our museums this weekend. Stockport Museum is open from 10am tomorrow and there's a free guided tour of the 'Strawberry Studios' gallery on Sunday at 2pm (no need to book), the Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Galley open at 10am tomorrow and 11am on Sunday. http://WWW.stockport.gov.uk/museums

Today at Hat Works!We are open until 5pm. There will be guided tours of the Factory Floor at 2pm and 3pm this afternoon....
22/11/2019

Today at Hat Works!

We are open until 5pm. There will be guided tours of the Factory Floor at 2pm and 3pm this afternoon.

You can browse our shop for original gift ideas, beautiful books and gorgeous ladies and men's hats.

Today at Hat Works (Thursday 21 Nov): 10am - 5pmOur machinery floor is open and there will be a guided tour at 12noonOur...
21/11/2019

Today at Hat Works (Thursday 21 Nov): 10am - 5pm
Our machinery floor is open and there will be a guided tour at 12noon
Our shop is open with new arrivals in the winter hat and book department.
Pop in and take a look. #stockport

Stockport Pandas
20/11/2019

Stockport Pandas

It's that time if the month,
Tomorrow will be the 3rd Thursday!!! 7-9pm

Which means you get to see our beautiful faces 🧟

We will be at the brilliant @arccentre in their beautiful new home of the Hatworks museum.

With the amazing Jane of @fiberandfolduk teaching us all how to do Mexican weaving.
😮 How cool a new craft 🙌

Come on down grab a CUPPA have a slice of CAKE and CHAT while you CREATE.

#Selfcare @ Hat Works Museum

Today at Hat Works: 20 Nov 10am-5pmOur Machinery Floor is open.Our shop is open and fully stocked with cosy hats and sca...
20/11/2019

Today at Hat Works: 20 Nov 10am-5pm
Our Machinery Floor is open.
Our shop is open and fully stocked with cosy hats and scarves to keep out the cold
We will be running a tour of the machinery floor at 2pm so come on down.
#welovestockport #ThePlaceThatMakesItself
Image: https://crowd.in/iGUHv6

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Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South
Stockport
SK3 0EU

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

0161 474 2399

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PLEASE NOTE: The museum is currently closed for refurbishment. The museum shop is open Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm.

This award winning visitor attraction offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. The museum is home to a recreated factory floor with over 20 machines that were salvaged from Stockport hat factories and a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. Experience a hub of excellence, creativity and innovation for milliners, crafts-people, designer makers and those who wish to learn the art of hat-making. Don't miss our great Family Fun Zone and family friendly activities, where younger visitors can learn through play.

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You got a mention on Coronation Street, a day out at the hat museum.
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Try on and this hat was my wining choices 4 a day ;)
Hats in Italia ❤
I love this place!