Stockport-based Hat Works, the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear have launched a new exhibition.
Hats Amazing is an exhibition uncovering hats, memories and interests. It explores Stockport Museums’ vast treasure of hatting artefacts that were hidden away in storage and that have never been exhibited before.
Museum staff and partners have explored the collection and chosen their favourite objects for display. This has created a fascinating exhibition comprising of an eclectic mix of previously unseen hatting gems, through which visitors can discover and learn more about Stockport’s local hatting history. Each object comes with personal stories, unusual connections and ignited memories.
This exhibition has been curated by Hannah Josey, who is working with Stockport Council Museums Services for 12 months as part of a Heritage Lottery funded ‘Skills for the Future’ Traineeship, a programme which helps individuals gain work-based, practical training in the heritage sector.
Hannah said: “As part of my work based training I have been leading the next temporary exhibition at the Hat Works. This means organising everything – from the gallery interpretation to the documentation. I have been discovering objects not yet on the database, sharing them at staff handling sessions and getting to know what makes the collection and the staff so unique. I’ve had so much fun, and learnt so much – and I’m only half way through my traineeship! I sincerely hope visitors enjoy this exhibition as much as I have enjoyed curating it.”
Hat Works were recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for the third time. The Sandford Award, which is valid for five years, offers a kite mark which confirms high-quality education provision which is widely recognised and respected by schools, education institutions and the heritage sector.
Hats Amazing will run throughout 2016 and admission is free. Hat Works is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm.