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“Top of the Hatstand”

Hat Works Museum of Hatting
Ranked #8 of 45 things to do in Stockport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

I have been to this museum on numerous occasions. It is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts throughout. Go down to the first floor, where you get a introduction to hats of all shapes, designs and sizes, hats from around the world, hats of different religious faiths, hats which famous people have worn, hats through the ages, materials used to make hats and tools, with a lovely dress up area and try on hats for the children, through to temporary displays of hats in fashion, and posters and advertising relating to various hat companies associated with Stockport and Denton. A real highlight is to watch some of the numerous numbered documentary videos about hats, including my favourite one about a hat block maker.

On the ground floor, there is a display about a Bow Garrett, then various displays about the making of hats, then loads of different machinery and tools used in various stages of hat-making, a great display of a hat block makers workshop and office.

Look out for temporary exhibitions.

Great friendly staff, and they sometimes have guided tours and events on.

Only 2 downsides, parking is difficult and there is no cafe. Otherwise brilliant.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

This was a truly brilliant museum and very well worth the visit if you are in the area. It covers 3 floors and Level 2 is the reception and shop, the next level is Level 1 and is where the Gallery and Exhibition areas are and the Ground Level if the machinery gallery and a tour of how felt is made over the centuries. It is truly fascinating and excellent of anyone studying history and/or art. The staff were very helpful and very knowledgeable. Our tour guide made the whole thing come alive and he was very helpful and kind. There was a short movie at the start about the history of hat making in general and then you went on a tour of how felt and therefore felt hats were made. This was a step by step guide and it also showed how the processes had changed over the years. Level One was where the guide left you to your own devices and you could look around all the hats displays, listen to the voice recording or watch the short movie clips. There was an area where you could try on some hats and take some pictures if you liked. There was also a great area for the kids where they could play. The whole things was well thought out and laid out. It is well worth the stop and it is very good to support places like these as they are an excellent educational resource and the saving of a piece of history which could easily be lost. Take the time to support it and others like it.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Shirlee K
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BronwenS48, Museum Officer at Hat Works Museum of Hatting, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank-you for your lovely review!

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Reviewed 5 September 2018

I went here to please my wife, but was pleasantly surprised! Ruth, our guide was professional, extremely knowledgeable and made the tour really interesting. The museum is brilliantly set out and I am now almost an expert in the hatting industry. Stockport is a lovely town and this museum should be top of the list of places to visit there.
Many, many thanks to Ruth and her colleagues.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

The Stockport Hat Works is certainly one of the more unusual places to visit. It has,a fine display of many fancy and striking hats, many of which have an interesting history. However, I would strongly recommend that you take the guided tour as this gives an excellent insight into how hats were made. You end up with a lot of admiration for the hatmakers, who put a great deal of very demanding work into each creation! I had never realized exactly how much effort was involved. Hats off indeed!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Christinekay
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Bronwen S, Museums Officer at Hat Works Museum of Hatting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank-you for this brilliant review. Our guides really are brilliant at bringing the history to life! Come back to see us again soon!

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Reviewed 31 August 2018

Not the longest visit to a museum, but worth a trip. Our grandkids enjoyed it. The guide was lovely and made the kids laugh. It's a hat museum, who doesn't like trying on hats for a laugh. Very inexpensive for a good couple of hours spent

Date of experience: August 2018
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