Making headway: Bringing Hatting Home

Hat Works Museum of Hatting, UK

Hatworks, is a museum located in an old mill in Stockport, is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. Making Headway: Bringing Hatting Home was a project delivered between April 2013 and November 2014. It consisted of a series of public hat making workshops, a professional milliner development programme, a catwalk show (which was put on during Adult Learners’ Week) and two selling exhibitions. The exhibition of hats, which were created for the catwalk show, were put on display at Hat Works as part of the Making Headway temporary exhibition
programme. The museum collaborated with a number of external partners who had different perspectives which ’made wonderful things happen.’ The museum focused on delivery with a number of key audiences – young people, particularly those defined as ‘NEETS’ (not in education, employment or training), adults with mild to moderate mental ill health and the over 50s.