The Powell-Cotton Museum Dress and Textiles Collection
Kent CT7 0BH
Tel: 01843 842168
Contact: c/o Keith Dunmall, Audience Development and Learning Manager
For details on group visits and research entrance charges contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) to house natural history specimens and cultural objects collected on his expeditions to Asia and Africa. A traveller, hunter and collector all his life, from the beginning Percy Powell-Cotton was also interested in the people of the countries he travelled in, bringing back examples of a wide range of material that illustrates their lives and cultures. Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. Besides the vast animal collection,there are also fascinating examples of late nineteenth and early 20th century ceramics, weapons, clothing, textiles, jewellery etc- with provenances meticulously recorded. Many subsequent trips to Africa added to the collections and, inspired by his lifetime of travel and adventure, Major Powell-Cotton created a unique museum to reflect the experiences of his travels and show the world to people at home in England. Following the death of Major Powell-Cotton in 1940, his son Christopher constructed additional galleries to display the family collections of archaeology, ceramics and weaponry.
Visit to the stores have to be by appointment and there is a charge. House open from April to October.