Mayoress Mary’s hats on display at Louth Museum


Do you have a special hat, carefully wrapped in tissue, at the back of your wardrobe?

Louth Museum’s first exhibition of the 2014 season is called Mrs Cuppleditch’s Hats!

It will showcase the unique collection of 60 or so hats worn by Mary Cuppleditch when she was Mayoress of Louth in 1978–79.

Her obituary said ‘...she won all hearts through her hard work and sunny personality, symbolised by her splendid collection of hats.’

However, volunteers at the museum who are organising the exhibition would like to feature hats belonging to local people as well.

So if you have a special hat you think would enjoy an airing, especially from the 1960s and 1970s, the team at the museum would love to hear from you.

Many people in Louth will remember Mary and George Cuppleditch visiting their church, garden fete, or Christmas Fair, and might have photographs of the occasion.

These would make a welcome addition to the exhibition, as the team hasn’t been able to find any suitable photos so far.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday April 2 to Saturday April 26, on museum opening days.

Contact the museum through the website (, or leave a message on the museum phone 01507 601211.

Call into the museum in Broadbank when it reopens for the season. Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50, Family £8, Under fives free.

The museum has won a number of awards since it was extended, from the Renaissance Heritage Judges’ Special Award in 2007, to East Midlands Heritage finalist in the Excellence Award 2013.