Year 6 enjoyed a fascinating insight into the regional hat making industry, enhancing their understanding of the impact on fashion of mechanisation during the industrial revolution.
The girls learned about the origins of hat making, from the days of hand felting and ‘mad hatters’ and experienced making felt samples from raw wool.
They then enjoyed a tour of the Stockport hat factory and learned how the machinery reduced production times for a hat from one day to twelve seconds!
A tour of the Hatworks’ fantastic hat gallery, which includes a number of ‘celebrity’ hats and plenty of dressing up in clothes from bygone decades all made for a truly enjoyable and enriching day out.
There was plenty of opportunity for reminiscing from the teachers too when the girls opened up the 1970s and 80s fashion boxes!