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British Cultural and Historical Millinery

  • Dates: 12-16 August 2024
  • Length: 1 week
  • Price: £885 - £1,265


This one-week unique specialist workshop provides you with the opportunity to explore the world of British cultural and historical millinery, and create your own pieces.

To book your place today, simply click 'book now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for summer course updates.

What you need to know

When does the course run?

Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August 2024

How long is the course?

One week

What time will my classes be?

Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00.

There'll be a daily lunch break, plus other breaks within the schedule.

In addition to the course's teaching hours, you'll be able to access our workshops in the early evenings to continue working on your pieces at your own pace, if you wish.

Your classes will take place on AUB's campus where you’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art creative studios and digital suites, with access to AUB’s library and online resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

The minimum age for this course is 18.

We welcome aspiring hat makers of all ages and abilities; it's perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their skills.

Do I need qualifications for this course?

There are no formal academic entry requirements or qualifications needed to study this course.

As an introductory course, no previous understanding or experience is required. 

Whether you're interested in designing and making hats for pleasure or thinking of embarking on a more commercial venture with your work, this course is the ideal place to start.

The workshop atmosphere of the course allows flexibility so that everyone's experience, ability, and taste are taken into consideration.

I'm not sure if this course is suitable for me, can I contact you?

If you're unsure if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us and we'll advise you. Either email us at or call us on +44 1202 363222.

You can choose to add our economically priced residential package to your course fee. Choose your package during the booking process.

Residential package includes

  • Full-board catering on-site at AUB (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus


  • En-suite private room in a cluster flat with shared kitchen and lounge
  • Rooms are furnished with single bed, wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair
  • All bed linen supplied
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)
  • Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

See below the prices of our packages. Choose your package during the booking process.

Package Price

Course fee only


Course fee PLUS residential


What's included in my course fee?

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

About this course

This course is perfect if you have a passion for historical millinery and wish to explore the processes involved, or have an interest in creating something very different, but with a British twist. It'll allow you to expand your knowledge of historical techniques, specific millinery materials and release your own creativity.

Based on British cultural identity this exciting workshop has been specially designed to provide you with the opportunity to create historically correct and/or themed hats and head pieces.

You'll be shown how to use a variety of specialist millinery materials and techniques. Combining traditional practices based on cultural identity, you'll create your own unique and inspiring hat pieces.

Your tutor, Chloe Scrivener, possesses many years’ experience of working in the millinery industry, and will guide you through the techniques in an easy-to-understand fashion. You'll learn and develop the skills to allow you to investigate, experiment and create your own unique hat pieces.

This highly practical course will consist of talks, practical demonstrations, inspiration into planning your designs, and support you throughout with professional guidance and direction from your tutor. This will all enable you to successfully construct and accomplish your self-designed final pieces.

Your final pieces will consist of working with felt, straw and buckram. You'll also learn how to select and use trimmings appropriate to ‘dress’ your hats.

  • An introduction into the world of British millinery through history to the present day, including research of British milliners and other areas for inspiration
  • An introduction to creating a mood board of inspiration and identifying your target customer
  • Sketching to develop your design, including colour choices and fabric samples
  • Practical demonstrations of different millinery materials (felt, straw and buckram)
  • Practical demonstrations of different millinery techniques (proportions, edges, wiring, and finishes)
  • An introduction to trims and trimmings (feathers, flowers and fabric)
  • Finalising designs using fashion illustration to create a mini hat collection
  • Creation of mini hat collection (between two and three finished hats/headpieces)
  • Take part in an educational trip to London to visit Millinery suppliers/fabric shops and a museum for inspiration and to gain a deeper appreciation for historical millinery

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Summer Course certificate of attendance. You'll receive this at the end of your course.

On your last day there'll be an exhibition of the work created on the course; celebrate your achievements and those of your fellow milliners.

The Summer Courses team invite you to attend an optional farewell meal at a local restaurant. A perfect conclusion to your creative week where new friendships and skills shall be celebrated.

After this course you could:

  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
  • Develop a robust portfolio of personal work to contribute to further study or employment

Further study opportunities

You may wish to consider the following further study options:

You can also continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next, including further Fashion, Textiles and Accessories short courses.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Broaden and develop your design ideas and techniques
  • Come away with the ability to build and design your own unique hats and/or headpieces
  • Develop an understanding of specialist millinery techniques and materials
  • Gain hands-on experience experimenting with specific materials and techniques
  • Extend your skill set in fashion accessories, specifically millinery
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Chloe Scrivener, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Chloe Scrivener

Chloe Scrivener

Your Millinery tutor, Chloe Scrivener, is a professional Milliner with 22+ years experience working in the fashion industry.

Examples of hats and millinery pieces

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of millinery, hats and headwear accessories under the theme of British culture and history.

Check out our millinery courses in action

This course will take place in AUB's industry-standard studios, and all course materials and tools are included in your course fee. Take a look at our millinery courses in action, led by Chloe Scrivener, for an idea of the type of activity you'll be undertaking. You'll explore and experiment with different millinery materials and a range of millinery techniques. Plus, by the end of the course you'll have a mini collection of hats to keep and cherish.

All you need to know about studying your Summer Artisan Workshop

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Why choose AUB for your summer course?

We're a first-choice provider of residential and online courses for students wishing to engage in a creative course experience

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Residential packages for Summer Artisan Workshops

When you book your course, you have the chance to add our residential package to your booking.

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Entry requirements for summer courses

Entry requirements for Summer Courses, including English Language requirements

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Continuing your studies with AUB after a summer course

Continue studying at AUB after you've completed a Summer Course. Progress onto a full-time Foundation or BA (Hons) Degree course.

Booking your Summer Artisan Workshop place

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How to book your summer course and payment options

Guidance on how to book your Summer Course and the payment options available.


Terms and Conditions – Summer Artisan Workshops

Summer Artisan Workshops – booking terms and conditions for 2024.

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FAQs – Summer Artisan Workshops

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