Thanks to the Association of Independent Museums ‘Tackling Inequalities Hallmarks Grant Award’ supported by Arts Council England, we’re launching ‘Breaking out of the Museum’, a new outreach programme bringing the Powell-Cotton Museum into the classroom.

This exciting year-long project will kick-start a sustainable, long-term outreach programme for the Museum. Bringing cultural heritage into the classroom is more important than ever. As schools continue their amazing work under difficult circumstances, we will be there to support children’s learning. Taking our passion for talking about the past from multiple points of view, these resources will not only feed into the National Curriculum but provide age-appropriate and thoughtful ways for children to think critically about the world around them.

The grant will fund two projects; ‘What’s in the Box?’ and ‘World on our Doorstep’. ‘What’s in the Box?’ will offer KS1-2 pupils in Thanet free access to the use of a museum loans box, including objects, activities, and curriculum links, as well as a virtual session with one of the Museum’s Learning and Engagement Officers.

‘World on our Doorstep’ is a pilot project using a mixture of in-class lessons and a museum workshop. The unit of work, suitable for KS2 children, uses the life and collections of the Powell-Cotton family to support learning about the British Empire, colonialism, local history, and how ideas and attitudes of the past impact us today. We are delighted to be undertaking this pilot in collaboration with Ramsgate Arts Primary School, before rolling out to schools across Thanet.

Project Team

Catriona West


The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

Emma-Jayne Hamlington

Learning and Engagement Officer

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

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