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Bringing Science to Life

We are working together with the Powell-Cotton Museum to offer bespoke science and natural history lessons tailored to the National Curriculum.

We are offering schools a full day of hands-on interactive activities aimed at inspiring and enthusing children in science and natural history.

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The new interactive teaching room at Quex Park

All of our sessions have been developed to fulfil the New National Curriculum objectives for Key Stages 1-3 and are taught by the experienced staff from the Powell-Cotton Museum alongside our University ecologists, bringing together a unique level of expertise. 

The sessions take place at the Powell-Cotton Museum in Quex Park Birchington. Students will have access to the new interactive teaching gallery, which features the handling collection.


Come and be a scientist for the day!

The day comprises of two sessions:

  • Evolution and Adaptations
    Explore the museum's animal dioramas on a mini-safari and see some of the incredible animals and habitats that Percy Powell-Cotton experienced. Handle some of his amazing collection and learn how animals and humans have evolved and adapted through time.
  • Classification
    Learn how and why scientists classify and then take the challenge to see if you too have the skills to be a scientist.

All children will be presented with a certificate in the day's closing awards ceremony. Teachers will be provided with information handouts of the day's content.


  • A hands-on interactive experience with access to resources not usually available in the classroom.
  • Gain access to expert knowledge and an inspiring environment that makes learning fun.
  • All activities are tailored to meet the New National Curriculum objectives.  

Book now

Places are filling up fast!

To register your interest, please fill out our online application form. You can also contact us directly to discuss your school's needs: PCM.CCCU@canterbury.ac.uk.

Further information

The Powell-Cotton Museum is based in the grounds of Quex Park, Birchington. Visitor information and directions can be found here.

All sessions begin with a short introduction to the Powell-Cotton Museum and its contents. During this we explain to the children the history of the collection and how it is being used to support global and conversation research. You may wish to discuss this with your children prior to their visit.

Click here for information on the museum collection's history and its role in conservation today.

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A day's session costs £350, for a maximum of 35 pupils.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from first hand experience and from specialists within the field. Register your interest now via the application form and we will contact you.


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Last edited: 04/12/2017 23:16:00