Our dedicated team work across the museum, house and gardens. Here are a few of our friendly faces. If you’d like to get in touch please use our general enquiries email enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org

Museums and Heritage Awards Winner 2024

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Sarah Corn

CEO

Powell-Cotton Trust

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Sue Harris

Head Gardener

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

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Mark Bates

Gardens Maintenance Officer

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Sarah-Jayne Rufaeel

Gardens Community Engagement Officer

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardnens

Lyndsay Ridley, Head of Operations, Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens.

Lyndsay Ridley

Head of Operations

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Hilary Plowman

Senior Administrator

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Emma-Jayne Hamlington

Learning and Engagement Officer

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Alison Day

Alison Day

Learning and Engagement Officer

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Janice Le Corney

Learning and Engagement Officer

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

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Madylene Beardmore

Head of Collections

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Rachel Jennings

Curator of Natural History

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Natalie Mitchell

Conservator

Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Hazel Basford

Archivist

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Ben McLoughlin

Documentation Assistant

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The #SunshineProject isn't just about volunteering, it's about belonging! In this video, our volunteers tell us what the project means to them - inclusivity, community, purpose, and even making new friends. Want to be part of something special and accessible that helps you develop your skills? Then reach out to our Gardens Community Engagement Officer sarah-jayne.rufaeel@powell-cottonmuseum.org 

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England @Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams #QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday 

@Visit Kent @Visit Thanet- Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate @Kent Attractions

The #SunshineProject isn`t just about volunteering, it`s about belonging! In this video, our volunteers tell us what the project means to them - inclusivity, community, purpose, and even making new friends. Want to be part of something special and accessible that helps you develop your skills? Then reach out to our Gardens Community Engagement Officer sarah-jayne.rufaeel@powell-cottonmuseum.org

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England @Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams #QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday

@Visit Kent @Visit Thanet- Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate @Kent Attractions
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Spring has officially sprung! Stroll through our enchanting museum gardens this weekend where you’ll discover vibrant blooms, serene woodland pathways, and birdsong sounds. 

#FirstDayofSpring #MuseumGardens #NatureInspiration #QuexGardens #VisitKent #VisitThanet #SpringHasSprung

@visitkent @visitthanet @goodjourneyuk

Spring has officially sprung! Stroll through our enchanting museum gardens this weekend where you’ll discover vibrant blooms, serene woodland pathways, and birdsong sounds.

#FirstDayofSpring #MuseumGardens #NatureInspiration #QuexGardens #VisitKent #VisitThanet #SpringHasSprung

@visitkent @visitthanet @goodjourneyuk
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On Friday 8th March, we welcomed special guests and organisations from across Thanet and Swale to celebrate the launch of the #SunshineProject. 

The Sunshine Project is funded by a generous grant from AIM Connected Communities and will offer life-enriching opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, mental health challenges and those who are socially isolated. 

From gardening to nature photography, we have something for everyone. Perhaps you would like to take part in an art or well-being workshop? Whilst we are brimming with ideas, we would love to hear from you too. Comment below with what workshops you would like to see. AIM Connected Communities is funded by DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund.

#QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday

@Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams @visitkent @visitthanet @bestkentattractions

On Friday 8th March, we welcomed special guests and organisations from across Thanet and Swale to celebrate the launch of the #SunshineProject.

The Sunshine Project is funded by a generous grant from AIM Connected Communities and will offer life-enriching opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, mental health challenges and those who are socially isolated.

From gardening to nature photography, we have something for everyone. Perhaps you would like to take part in an art or well-being workshop? Whilst we are brimming with ideas, we would love to hear from you too. Comment below with what workshops you would like to see. AIM Connected Communities is funded by DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund.

#QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday

@Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams @visitkent @visitthanet @bestkentattractions
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Calling all art enthusiasts! Visit us on Saturday 23rd March, from 11am to 3pm for an Open Studio.
 
Meet our talented Artist-in-Residence, Julia Ellen Lancaster, in our newly refurbished garden studio, thanks to our incredible volunteers!
 
Leave your mark on the 'Public Pot' at the studio, unleash your creativity with clay, and turn your imagination into reality. Whether you want to make your own version of an Easter egg cup or a mini spring flower inspired by the garden, the possibilities are endless. Included with your standard admission ticket.
 
This will also be an opportunity to ask Julia questions about her plans for future projects and her involvement with the Sunshine Project!  #ArtistInResidence #QuexGardens

@visitthanet @visitkent @kentattractions

Calling all art enthusiasts! Visit us on Saturday 23rd March, from 11am to 3pm for an Open Studio.

Meet our talented Artist-in-Residence, Julia Ellen Lancaster, in our newly refurbished garden studio, thanks to our incredible volunteers!

Leave your mark on the `Public Pot` at the studio, unleash your creativity with clay, and turn your imagination into reality. Whether you want to make your own version of an Easter egg cup or a mini spring flower inspired by the garden, the possibilities are endless. Included with your standard admission ticket.

This will also be an opportunity to ask Julia questions about her plans for future projects and her involvement with the Sunshine Project! #ArtistInResidence #QuexGardens

@visitthanet @visitkent @kentattractions
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Want to get outside more? Stay active and enjoy a bit of time in the fresh air? Always fancied having a go at gardening but don't have the skills or experience to get started? 

This Sunday our 'Productive Greenhouse' Workshop might be the answer! 

Meet like-minded gardeners and together learn how to make the most of growing plants and food under glass with our expert gardening team here at Quex Gardens. Get your hands dirty with practical demos and workshops and learn tips and tips to help your garden thrive! 

Your ticket also includes a delicious hearty lunch in our beautiful Winter Garden Glasshouse. Head to the website to find out more! Ticket sales end on Wednesday 13th March.

#GardenWorkshops  #QuexGardens #Kentgardenworkshops 

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

Want to get outside more? Stay active and enjoy a bit of time in the fresh air? Always fancied having a go at gardening but don`t have the skills or experience to get started?

This Sunday our `Productive Greenhouse` Workshop might be the answer!

Meet like-minded gardeners and together learn how to make the most of growing plants and food under glass with our expert gardening team here at Quex Gardens. Get your hands dirty with practical demos and workshops and learn tips and tips to help your garden thrive!

Your ticket also includes a delicious hearty lunch in our beautiful Winter Garden Glasshouse. Head to the website to find out more! Ticket sales end on Wednesday 13th March.

#GardenWorkshops #QuexGardens #Kentgardenworkshops

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions
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Our amazing volunteers have shared their reasons for being a part of the #SunshineProject. The Sunshine Project offers volunteering opportunities, community engagement and social connectivity for adults with learning disabilities, and/or mild physical disabilities, mental health issues or social isolation. 

Curious to learn more about the project and how you can get involved? Reach out to Sarah-Jayne Rufaeel at Sarah-Jayne.Rufaeel@powell-cottonmuseum.org

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM connected communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England. @Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams

#QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

Our amazing volunteers have shared their reasons for being a part of the #SunshineProject. The Sunshine Project offers volunteering opportunities, community engagement and social connectivity for adults with learning disabilities, and/or mild physical disabilities, mental health issues or social isolation.

Curious to learn more about the project and how you can get involved? Reach out to Sarah-Jayne Rufaeel at Sarah-Jayne.Rufaeel@powell-cottonmuseum.org

The Sunshine Project is in receipt of a grant from AIM connected communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England. @Aimmuseums @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams

#QuexGardens #SunshineProjectSunday

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions
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As part of the Sunshine project members of the garden team recently took part in a clay workshop led by Jayne Wright @ThanetTilesOfJoy and our resident artist, Julia Ellen-Lancaster. 

Starting with identical balls of clay each person created an individual tile inspired by things which brought them joy. The result is a set of tiles which are different from each other. Participants discovered ways to sculpt and mould their designs with inspiration from the garden as well as personal flights of fancy!

Discover these incredible works from our talented team at our open days from Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 1st April. 

@visitkent @visitthanet @ketnattractions 
#Learning #QuexGardens #ReimaginingTheMuseum 
 
The #SunshineProject receives a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England. @Aimuseums, @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams

As part of the Sunshine project members of the garden team recently took part in a clay workshop led by Jayne Wright @ThanetTilesOfJoy and our resident artist, Julia Ellen-Lancaster.

Starting with identical balls of clay each person created an individual tile inspired by things which brought them joy. The result is a set of tiles which are different from each other. Participants discovered ways to sculpt and mould their designs with inspiration from the garden as well as personal flights of fancy!

Discover these incredible works from our talented team at our open days from Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 1st April.

@visitkent @visitthanet @ketnattractions
#Learning #QuexGardens #ReimaginingTheMuseum

The #SunshineProject receives a grant from AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England. @Aimuseums, @dcmsgovuk and @aceagrams
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Did you know we have a whole bank of free learning resources on the website? Perfect for a #weekendcraft session, head to  the Learning section of our website to download our 'Fabulous Frog Catcher' craft activity today - or choose from a whole host of other fun and fascinating ideas! 

#MuseumMake #Learning #Museumcraft #Weekendcraft #powellcottonmuseum #quexgardens #frogcatcher #craft

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions

Did you know we have a whole bank of free learning resources on the website? Perfect for a #weekendcraft session, head to the Learning section of our website to download our `Fabulous Frog Catcher` craft activity today - or choose from a whole host of other fun and fascinating ideas!

#MuseumMake #Learning #Museumcraft #Weekendcraft #powellcottonmuseum #quexgardens #frogcatcher #craft

@visitkent @visitthanet @kentattractions
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