Key Stage 2: Victorians and Hats

The hat industry is an important local history study for Luton and surrounding areas. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is the perfect location to learn more about hats and Victorians, as it is a beautiful Victorian mansion located near to many past and present hat factories. Choose from the following workshops:

 

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A Day at Plait School

Discover, through first hand accounts and artefacts, more about the plait schools where the straw for hats was processed by children.

Venue: Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Duration: 1 hour

 

Luton’s Hat Industry

Explore the processes and tools used in Luton's many hat factories to create the straw boaters for which the town was famous.

Venue: Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Duration: 1 hour

 

Victorian Inventions (Coming Soon)

Investigate a variety of mystery Victorian objects; find out how they were used and what they tell us about life in Victorian Britain.

Venue: Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Duration: 1 hour

 

The Victorian Child at Work and Play (Coming Soon)

Discover, through first hand accounts and artefacts, more about the plait schools where the straw for hats was processed by children. Also have fun playing parlour games, and have a go at making your own Victorian toy.

Venue: Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Duration: 2 hours (1 hour work, 1 hour play)

 

For further resources for these sessions, please follow this link