Hat Works Museum

Hat Works Museum Hat Works is the UK's only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear.

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.

Only 1 week until our afternoon of inspiring talks by milliner Sharon Bainbridge, Emma Hadley and Bronwen Simpson. Find ...
22/06/2019
Millinery Talks to Inspire with Sharon Bainbridge

Only 1 week until our afternoon of inspiring talks by milliner Sharon Bainbridge, Emma Hadley and Bronwen Simpson. Find out more about the controversial history of feathers in hat-making and recent discoveries from Hat Works' collection. https://crowd.in/xiTJjy #stockport

Feathers: A Story of Skulduggery, Extinction and an Act of Parliament. How feathers in Millinery caused such a stir. Speaker: Sharon Bainbridge From law to head hunting to millinery isn't the most obvious route to a career in headwear, Sharon has worked in design for over twenty years and trained wi...

Our Online Shop has been restocked! We have a lovely range of greetings cards and gifts inspired by Stockport's hatting ...
21/06/2019

Our Online Shop has been restocked! We have a lovely range of greetings cards and gifts inspired by Stockport's hatting collection which we plan to expand over the next 6 months. Check it out here: https://crowd.in/UTHmYY

We've dubbed this month ‘Jam-packed June’ at Hat Works. We've had a comedy / music gig with Boothby Graffoe, a Drink...
20/06/2019

We've dubbed this month ‘Jam-packed June’ at Hat Works. We've had a comedy / music gig with Boothby Graffoe, a Drink & Draw with Andrea Joseph, The Riot Act by Breathe Out Theatre, we’ve hosted Stockport Writers’ Group, Stockport AgeUK, CBeebies, Greater Manchester Museums Group, AND we’ve worked with a fantastic school group, delivered 3 group tours and facilitated 2 days of hat blocking and its only the 20th!

Thanks to everyone who has shared our events on social media, recommended us to a friend, written a review, bought a ticket and / or visited us. Your support is giving Hat Works a huge HUG and we love you for it. #stockport #loveStockportMuseums

HeadsUP! Skulduggery, Extinction and An Act of Parliament! Intrigued? Find out more on June 29 as we explore the social ...
19/06/2019

HeadsUP! Skulduggery, Extinction and An Act of Parliament! Intrigued? Find out more on June 29 as we explore the social history of feathers in hat-making with milliner, fashion lecturer, and long-time friend of Hat Works, Sharon Bainbridge. We can't wait! #stopinstockport #stockport #millinery http://bit.ly/InspireMillinery

We've had some smashing feedback following The Riot Act performance by Breathe Out Theatre. We would like to thank write...
18/06/2019

We've had some smashing feedback following The Riot Act performance by Breathe Out Theatre. We would like to thank writer and director Rob Johnston, actors Jake Talbot & Christopher Ward, photographer Shay Rowan and all the folks who braved torrential rain to come - your support means the world to us! #theatreinmuseums #stopinstockport

We only have a small handful of tickets left for our first Drink & Draw tomorrow night! The museum and bar is open from ...
12/06/2019

We only have a small handful of tickets left for our first Drink & Draw tomorrow night! The museum and bar is open from 5pm and the session will run from 6pm - 8pm. See you there! https://crowd.in/KutieP #stockport

We only have a small handful of tickets left for our first Drink & Draw tomorrow night! The museum and bar is open from ...
12/06/2019

We only have a small handful of tickets left for our first Drink & Draw tomorrow night! The museum and bar is open from 5pm and the session will run from 6pm - 8pm. See you there! https://crowd.in/eRptdA #stockport

It's the @boobygraffoe show tonight!  Here's some information for you if you are lucky enough to be coming.  Seating is ...
07/06/2019

It's the @boobygraffoe show tonight! Here's some information for you if you are lucky enough to be coming. Seating is unreserved and there is some standing at the back and side of the venue. You can leave something on a chair to mark it as yours. Doors are at 6pm with music starting at 7.30 and running until around 9.30. We hope you'll take a look at the museum while you are here. The bar is open from 6pm. Please don't bring any large bags as space is limited and bag checks are in operation. There will be coat rails for those wet jackets. Here's to a great night!

We are getting ready to welcome Breathe Out Theatre to Hat Works for the Riot Act by Rob Johnston.We have been overwhelm...
06/06/2019

We are getting ready to welcome Breathe Out Theatre to Hat Works for the Riot Act by Rob Johnston.
We have been overwhelmed by the the demand to see this show so please don't forget to cancel your tickets on Eventbrite if you can no longer attend so someone else can take your place. http://bit.ly/2SJzgag

And the lucky winner of two tickets to see @boobygraffoe THIS Friday is...@GeraldJerrycan ! Congratulations! Drop us a D...
04/06/2019

And the lucky winner of two tickets to see @boobygraffoe THIS Friday [email protected] ! Congratulations! Drop us a DM and we will tell you how to collect your prize.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this weekend's Super Sunday event due to staffing difficulties.  We will announce a ...
24/05/2019

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this weekend's Super Sunday event due to staffing difficulties. We will announce a new date for the event as soon as we have one. The museum will still be open, of course, and there is always lots for families to do, including explorer bags and our fabulous family fun area. https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/hat-works

Weaving, building, spinning, waving, wriggling, dancing, rolling, laughing, drawing, counting, filling, emptying, carryi...
24/05/2019

Weaving, building, spinning, waving, wriggling, dancing, rolling, laughing, drawing, counting, filling, emptying, carrying - just some of the things you can do at Top Hat Toddlers.

Wednesday 29th May, a unique Stay + Play Session for Toddlers
Doors open 10.30 - 12.30, £3.50
Booking now 0161 474 2399

The session is based on a flexible Stay + Play principle to suit you and your child. Our job is to fill the room with a range of fun and stimulating Hat Works inspired play resources, all developmentally suitable and safe for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and then we open the doors from 10.30 - 12.30. Your job is to Stay + Play and you are welcome to come and join us for a period of time* that best suits you and your little one.

*We suggest a maximum period of 1 hour playtime to gain the most from this experience, but it's up to you to decide exactly how long, and which time slot, suits you and your child best...turn up when it suits you...leave when you are ready to go.

SOLD OUT: All tickets for The Riot Act on Sat 8 June at Hat Works are gone! If you have a ticket and you cannot attend, ...
22/05/2019

SOLD OUT: All tickets for The Riot Act on Sat 8 June at Hat Works are gone! If you have a ticket and you cannot attend, please cancel online to let someone have your place. Read a review here: https://crowd.in/NVlAEw #peterloo #hatworks #theatreinmuseums

Weaving, building, spinning, waving, wriggling, dancing, rolling, laughing, drawing, counting, filling, emptying, carryi...
12/05/2019

Weaving, building, spinning, waving, wriggling, dancing, rolling, laughing, drawing, counting, filling, emptying, carrying - just some of the things you can do at Top Hat Toddlers.

Wednesday 29th May, a unique Stay + Play Session for Toddlers
Doors open 10.30 - 12.30, £3.50
Booking now 0161 474 2399

The session is based on a flexible Stay + Play principle to suit you and your child. Our job is to fill the room with a range of fun and stimulating Hat Works inspired play resources, all developmentally suitable and safe for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and then we open the doors from 10.30 - 12.30. Your job is to Stay + Play and you are welcome to come and join us for a period of time* that best suits you and your little one.

*We suggest a maximum period of 1 hour playtime to gain the most from this experience, but it's up to you to decide exactly how long, and which time slot, suits you and your child best...turn up when it suits you...leave when you are ready to go.

A Story of Skulduggery, Extinction and an Act of Parliament - join us for a fascinating talk about feathers by milliner,...
10/05/2019
Millinery Talks to Inspire with Sharon Bainbridge

A Story of Skulduggery, Extinction and an Act of Parliament - join us for a fascinating talk about feathers by milliner, tutor and long-time supporter of Hat Works, Sharon Bainbridge @Sharonbainbrid2. Tickets are £10 and will also include a sneaky peak at some of our latest additions to our hatting collection. Saturday 29th June, 2pm - 4pm - don't miss it! #millineryinspiration #hattinghistory #collectionsaccess

Feathers: A Story of Skulduggery, Extinction and an Act of Parliament. How feathers in Millinery caused such a stir. Speaker: Sharon Bainbridge From law to head hunting to millinery isn't the most obvious route to a career in headwear, Sharon has worked in design for over twenty years and trained wi...

09/05/2019

We are open late tonight, as part of our monthly Museum Late programme. The theme this month is board games, and we have plenty for you to play with. Grab a coffee, play a game and have a look around the museum. We are open from 6pm until 10pm.
https://crowd.in/rdTZmq

Some fantastic ways to get your hat fix as part of London Craft Week! Or you could come to visit us and search out the V...
08/05/2019
The Hat Magazine

Some fantastic ways to get your hat fix as part of London Craft Week! Or you could come to visit us and search out the Vivienne Westwood hat in our collection - currently on display in our Gallery of Hats.

Vivienne Westwood Hat Exhibition

As part of London Craft Week (May 8-12, 2019), Vivienne Westwood is showcasing some of the brand's avant-garde headwear from the pivotal runway shows.
Free, booking not necessary

8 May 10:00 – 18:00
9 May 10:00 – 19:00
10 - 11 May 10:00 – 18:00
12 May 12:00 – 17:00
13 and 14 May (tbc)

Vivienne Westwood
44 Conduit Street
London W1S 2YL

https://www.londoncraftweek.com/events/hats-vivienne-westwood?utm_source=London+Craft+Week+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=eb100c88e0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_02_09_43_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_253dec21fa-eb100c88e0-140252285#sthash.d0FVPIR4.Qh9YaYWb.dpbs

Read All About it! The Stockport Museums e-newsletter is out. Not signed up? Follow the link to read the latest issue an...
07/05/2019

Read All About it! The Stockport Museums e-newsletter is out. Not signed up? Follow the link to read the latest issue and sign up to receive the newsletter straight into your inbox. #thingstodoinstockport #stopinstockport #stockportmuseums #hatworks http://bit.ly/StockportMuseumsNews

Our new Daytime millinery course started this week and it all got very sculptural with some expressive 'free-forming'. T...
02/05/2019

Our new Daytime millinery course started this week and it all got very sculptural with some expressive 'free-forming'. This is a lovely way to get a feel for the felt and find out what it can do! #materialexploration #createinstockport #stopinstockport #millinerycourse

26/04/2019
Tourist Podcast

Tourist Podcast came to visit us with comedian, actor, writer Toby Hadoke. Have a listen to hear what they got up to!

DING DING!🚂

The next episode is here!

Your tour guide is the comedian, actor, writer and comedy club owner - it's Toby Hadoke!

We're off to Hat Works Museum, the beacon of the Stockport skyline and one of the only museums in the world dedicated to the once thriving, hatting industry.

Discover how hats went from rabbit to head and listen out for Toby who gets reunited with his very, first hat. The tour also includes why museums are a safe option for the nervous traveller, Dr Who hat japery, plenty of nostalgia for the good old days and beavers - all with one of the most loveliest and funniest guys in comedy.

Listen http://bit.ly/2KVFQIc or search 'Tourist Podcast' & your app

High pressure over Scandinavia is causing the temperature to rise! If you want to get out of the sun for an hour we are ...
21/04/2019

High pressure over Scandinavia is causing the temperature to rise! If you want to get out of the sun for an hour we are open today (Easter Sunday) until 5pm. Tours:12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm. Photo by https://crowd.in/OQmXKr #easterstockport #ilovestockport #museumtour #hathistory

You can’t beat a good hatselfie! We have lots of fantastic hats for trying on at Hat Works!
18/04/2019

You can’t beat a good hatselfie! We have lots of fantastic hats for trying on at Hat Works!

Great to see Hat Works Museum, Stockport, getting on board with social media.

Thinking of visiting this Easter weekend? Be sure to take your #hatselfie and get involved in the online fun!

Well, we have just about recovered from our adventure at London Hat Week with our Mobile Museum! We had a fantastic time...
17/04/2019

Well, we have just about recovered from our adventure at
London Hat Week with our Mobile Museum! We had a fantastic time showcasing Stockport's hatting heritage with over 1000 visitors who came to the Supplier Fair. Here are some of our highlights from the fair and the Hat Walk. We'd like to thank everyone who helped us along the way - lots of volunteer hours were given and colleagues from across Stockport Museums and Galleries helped in a host of ways to make this happen. Thank-you to the London Hat Week team for organising such a great programme - we have all resolved to #wearmorehats #LHW19

We are open all over the bank holiday weekend - so please come and visit! Here are our opening hours.
16/04/2019

We are open all over the bank holiday weekend - so please come and visit! Here are our opening hours.

It's MC Lars and Koo Koo Kanga Roo Day!  Doors at 4pm (but come earlier and look round the museum), music starts at 5pm....
06/04/2019
Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors from See Tickets

It's MC Lars and Koo Koo Kanga Roo Day! Doors at 4pm (but come earlier and look round the museum), music starts at 5pm. Tickets available on the door and from the link. We may just be a little excited!

Buy tickets for Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors at Hat Works Museum from the official retailer, See Tickets.Prices from £11.00

It is just two days until MC Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Ruled by Raptors hit Stockport and we are so excited!  There ar...
04/04/2019
Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors from See Tickets

It is just two days until MC Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Ruled by Raptors hit Stockport and we are so excited! There are a few tickets left via the link below, with the possibility of some being available on the door on Saturday. You really don't want to miss this!

https://crowd.in/jkuTgP

Buy tickets for Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors at Hat Works Museum from the official retailer, See Tickets.Prices from £11.00

Just look at these gorgeous hats made by students on our last Daytime Course with tutor Lorna Young. Congratulations to ...
03/04/2019

Just look at these gorgeous hats made by students on our last Daytime Course with tutor Lorna Young. Congratulations to you all - you should all be feeling very proud of your achievements over the last 5 weeks. Our next Daytime Course starts on the 1st of May and students will make a wool cloche. We can't wait to see what they create! http://bit.ly/makeacloche

03/04/2019

We are nearly all packed and ready for London Hat Week! We can’t wait to show off all our hat related goodies! Swing by our stand at London Hat Week Supplier Fair and pick up a discount card for our new online shop! #LHW19 #wearmorehats

There is so much to do this year at the Suppliers Fair at London Hat Week - as well as a fabulous line up of suppliers t...
01/04/2019

There is so much to do this year at the Suppliers Fair at London Hat Week - as well as a fabulous line up of suppliers there will also be a series of free demos and ticketed talks! We are particularly looking forward to this one!

Shoes are getting in on the act...meet the team from I Can Make Shoes at the 2019 London Hat Week Supplier Fair on Saturday 6th of April. They will be doing free 30 minute 'Head to Toe Trimming' demos with Atelier Millinery at 11:30am and 1:15pm. Entry to the fair is free. Nearest station: London Bridge. We look forward to seeing you there! https://buff.ly/2UYUpeF

Pupils from Dowson Primary School made the most wonderful hats with us today!  Their theme was the Amazon Rainforests an...
26/03/2019

Pupils from Dowson Primary School made the most wonderful hats with us today! Their theme was the Amazon Rainforests and their designs reflected that really well. This is our Get Ahead, Get A Hat session and as you can see, any theme can be turned into a great hat! https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/hat-works-school-trips

It is just  three weeks until Koo Koo Kanga Roo are with us again, bringing their fabulous show to the Museum.  This is ...
20/03/2019
Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors from See Tickets

It is just three weeks until Koo Koo Kanga Roo are with us again, bringing their fabulous show to the Museum. This is an early evening show which means it is great for families. Check out their latest video, Unicorns are Real!

https://crowd.in/lYKVDX

Buy tickets for Mc Lars, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Ruled By Raptors at Hat Works Museum from the official retailer, See Tickets.Prices from £11.00

14/03/2019
Talent Stockport

This really brightened our day!

We sent a drone to the top of the chimney at Stockport hatworks today, took us some time as we didn't realize how big the BIG smokestack actually is. Amazing stuff!!!

This video is a must watch if you love local history

There is no Museum Late tomorrow but we will be back with a bang in April.  We have developed an exciting range of event...
13/03/2019

There is no Museum Late tomorrow but we will be back with a bang in April. We have developed an exciting range of events for the next six months of 'Lates' and we think there will be something for everyone. Full details will be in our new events guide, but here are the important dates for your diaries:
April 11th Prosecco Tour
May 9th Board Games Night
June 13th Drink and Draw
July 11th Batik Workshop
August 8th Warhammer Demonstration
September 12th Print Workshop

https://goo.gl/J4JbLJ

Would you like to know more about what happens behind the scenes at Hat Works? We have a new blog to share just that. Re...
10/03/2019

Would you like to know more about what happens behind the scenes at Hat Works? We have a new blog to share just that. Read about what our Museum Assistants get up to in Sam's blogpost: http://bit.ly/2EMTGq4

Address

Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South
Stockport
SK3 0EU

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0161 474 2399

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