Luton Hats

Explore the key role Luton has played in the British hat industry.

Sharing knowledge

Straw plaitingLuton dominates the history of the British hat industry with manufacturing in the town dating back to the 17th century.

In the 19th century straw plaiting and the wool felt trade reached a peak.

In partnership with Luton Museum, Dr Jennifer Young and the University of Hertfordshire's creative writing students are using the Museum's hat collection to devise and deliver education sessions for primary school children.

The live sessions are being captured in an education pack, which can be used by schools in the county and delivered by museum staff.


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