Welcome from our Chair of Trustees 

The Powell Cotton Trust (PCT) which consists of a museum, gardens and Grade II listed house, based in Thanet, Kent, is now actively recruiting for new trustees to strengthen its Board and help lead the PCT charity during an exciting time of change and growth. 

We are actively seeking three/four additional trustees with experience in Marketing; Income Generation & Fundraising; Property Management and/or Digital/Online Services. 

The Museum was established at Quex Park in 1896 by Percy Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) to house natural history museum specimens, cultural objects and photographs collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa. Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The museum dioramas are outstanding examples, unique to the UK, stunning for their size, quality and imagery. 

The Museum’s collection includes over 20,000 ethnographic objects; 6,500 mammal specimens; fine and decorative arts from across Asia; approximately 8,000 archaeological finds from the Thanet coastline and an archive of supportive material including over 30,000 photographs and 40,000 documents. 

We welcome many different audiences to enjoy and view our museum through volunteering, visiting, academic research and co-collaboration. In turn, we support and encourage the study and understanding of the zoological, ecological and cultural diversity unique to the many countries and communities represented through our collections. 

We’ve provided a comprehensive information pack for you below.

If you wish to apply for the role of trustee, please submit an up-to-date CV (including names and contact details of two referees) and a covering letter of no more than two pages explaining why you are interested in this role and the contribution you think you would make to the PCT as a Trustee.  

Please return your application by post and mark it ‘Confidential’ for the attention of CEO, The Powell-Cotton Museum, House & Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, CT7 0BH or by email to nigel.lewis@powell-cottontrust.org 

Information pack

Please read this attachment to understand our current work, commitments and intentions that underpin our forward plan.

Information Pack
Beautiful frosty mornings
2022 Roundup! This was our year of trying new things; events, tours, experiences and ways of opening. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through volunteering, visiting and donating. 
2023 will be another year of change, growing on our successes and making some of the physical changes we’ve been preparing along with new events and experiences. There’s a lot to look forward to! 
We will be open tomorrow, January 1st, 11-3 and then we reopen regularly for the season on Saturday 11th February.
We’re glad to say that we were included in the ‘Digital Benin’ project, which seeks to present Benin’s rich cultural and historical heritage, preserving it for future generations of Benin / Ido people. This website has many special features, including male and female audio, Edo designation of objects and an interactive map featuring the historical landmarks of the Benin Kingdom. View at digitalbenin.org

Image: Brass box, shaped like a fish, finished. Purchased in Benin City on 30/01/1931.