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My Ancestor Made Hats


Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile?

Until the motor car arrived, no-one was ‘properly dressed’ without their hat - be it a topper, a flat cap, a wideawake or a bowler. Many of our ancestors were responsible for making those hats. 

In this talk, Adele Emm explores the history of the manufacture of hats. She covers:

- felt hats and silk top hats in Stockport, Luton and elsewhere;

- straw hats from Luton and Bedfordshire;

- fashionable confections produced by milliners.


About the speaker:  Adele Emm worked in television production and later taught media production. She now researches and writes full time specialising in media, social history and family history.

Adele's most  recent  book is My Ancestors Worked in Textile Mills published in 2020 by the Society of Genealogists, plus Tracing your Trade and Craftsmen Ancestors and Tracing your Female Ancestors both published by Pen and Sword. 

You can read her blog and website at:



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