One of the first things I spotted was a sewing pattern.
|Early 1960s hat pattern|
Alongside it were a couple of hats from the era. Although the green one looks as though it could have been made from the pattern, it is actually by Dior.
|1950s and 1960s hats, 1970s headscarf on right|
Also in the case were some amazing combs.
|Combs from the 1800s to the 1930s|
The next section contained information about various hatmakers.
|Hats and advertising materials|
|Advertisement for Comach hats|
At the bottom was one of my favourite items in the exhibition; a scrapbook assembled by a member of the Comach family, containing newspaper cuttings of various well-known people wearing Comach hats.
|The Pinterest of its day!|
Exhibits ranged from the large to the relatively small (although some would say, not small enough!). This circa 1950 painting was one of three depicting hatmaking-related jobs; the other two were 'Blocking' and 'Stitching'.
|'Blockmakers' by Amy Browning|
Nearby was a display of hatpins. In order to secure massive Edwardian hats, hatpins could be up to 30cm / 12" long; which made them both handy weapons if the need arose, and accidentally lethal.
|Hatpins and press reports|
There were also plenty of hats in the exhibition; from traditional felted hats . . .
|Hats from the 1940s to the 1960s|
. . . to more unusual styles.
|1940s crocheted hat with snood attached|
This collection of hats as part of uniforms included a pith helmet with its own metal hatbox, and reels of the chequered trim used on police hats.
|Hats for officialdom|
This item features on the exhibition poster, and is a measuring device for made-to-measure hats.
|Weird and wonderful|
Hats Amazing continues until 19 March 2017, and is well worth a visit.