Close to Stockport Station on Wellington Road (A6) heading in to Stockport Precinct is the interesting Hat Works Museum.
During the industrial period of the 19th and early 20th century, Stockport was famous for hat production with over 100 hat factories in the area - the local football team Stockport County are known as the Hatters, reflecting the town's headwear heritage.
The museum is housed in Grade II listed building that was once a Victorian mill producing hats. The museum has two floors: the Gallery Floor and Factory Floor.
The gallery floor exhibits a collection of hats from around the world with a exhibition space dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
This summer the space was dedicated to the "Hot Heads" exhibition of modern British milliners and their creations. here visitors can follow the history of hat-making not just in the UK but overseas as well.
The factory floor holds a number of working Victorian hatting machinery explained by an attendant guide as well as a working office and haberdashery shop.
Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Art Gallery.
Wellington Road South
Tel: 0161 355 7770
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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