Powell-Cotton Museum offers exclusive access to students
01 December 2015
The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park, Birchington has opened-up its collections for students as part of a scheme which launched at the beginning of the year.
The university membership scheme provides Christ Church students, and those from the University of Kent, with unlimited access to the museum’s galleries, open-access research facilities and handling collection. In addition, the scheme provides greater access to research collections not on display, such as the museum’s natural history collections and cultural objects from across Africa and Asia.
The Museum’s Conservation and Outreach Officer Manny Mvula, an eminent conservationist and ex African safari guide, explains why the Museum launched this scheme: “It’s really important for us to carry on Percy Powell-Cotton’s vision allowing people of all abilities to learn from the world-class natural history and ethnographical collections that he created. There is infinite potential for students and other researchers to study the specimens and objects from Africa and Asia to further thinking and understanding of the world around us from the past, present, and of course, the future.”
The School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University and School of History at the University of Kent were the first to sign up, and they’re delighted with the results to date:
Dr Simon Harvey, Director of Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “An initiative such as the Powell-Cotton Museum’s university scheme provides many opportunities for academics and students. Joint activities to date include a PhD Studentship, access to natural sciences collections for practical handling and teaching sessions, joint delivery of outreach programmes to schools, and students volunteering at the museum. We plan to continue to explore new and exciting ways to develop our students and to nurture local school children, who will become our future generation of students.
“This signifies another part of our University’s commitment to actively working in collaboration with this remarkable Museum.”