Stockport Museum taken over by local school children


There was a fresh-faced look about staff at a Stockport museum when children from a local school took over the running of it.

Year 8 and 9 pupils from Stockport Academy in Cheadle Heath were tasked with running front of house, guided tours, curatorial services and marketing at the Hat Works Museum.

The scheme is part of Takeover Day, an annual national celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. Run by Kids in Museums, it’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff to participate in the life of the museum. Hat Works is one of 140 museums being taken over in 2015.

Stockport Academy Principal Frank McCarron added: “To be the first school in Stockport to be involved in Takeover Day at the Hat Works Museum was a great honour and we’re all extremely proud of the students who took part. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain valuable insight into the running of a business and encourage them to actively engage with museums in their local community.”

Stockport’s Hat Works is the UK’s only Museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. The museums is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm. Walk up admission is free, guided tours are: Adults £4.75, Concessions £3.50, Accompanied kids under 16 go Free.

For more information visit: or call 0161 474 2399