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The Powell-Cotton Trust are excited to announce the formal
launch of our ‘Reimagining the Museum’ project.

Over the next 2 years the Trustees with the ‘Reimagining’ programme team, have some key aims:

  1. Implementation of our decolonisation strategy
  2. Redesign and develop our education and outreach programme
  3. Deliver the ‘Colonial Critters’ project
  4. Create and deliver an exciting programme of public engagement – both digital and physical, including public events
  5. Carry out essential remedial and restorative work to the museum building, Quex House and Quex Gardens

Throughout this exciting period of change we have taken the difficult decision that the museum, house and gardens will not be open for public visits other than through organised events and programmes. These will all be advertised on our website and through social media, allowing audiences to continue to connect with our collections – physically, virtually and through outreach. Engaging with our visitors, both near and far, remains extremely important to us and we will be exploring different ways to do this, allowing us to adapt to change during the COVID-19 pandemic, in an exciting and positive way. Continuous lifelong learning for all will be at the heart of all we do.

During the ‘Reimagining’ project there will still be collections access for visiting researchers and educational groups. Felicity’s Café will continue to be open for business as usual and Weddings and Events at Quex will still be running with all weddings going ahead as planned (COVID-19 restrictions dependent).

We understand that not visiting this summer will be disappointing for some of our visitors, however we believe that this is the right moment to begin our new journey of discovery as we reimagine the museum, house and gardens. We hope that our visitors will join us on our new path.  We are excited about our ‘Reimagining’ programme and we are committed to ensuring we deliver on the promise to make the museum welcoming and accessible to all. Please do keep in contact, we will be updating our website and social media accounts regularly with the latest information. We will be writing to our members personally over the coming days.

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