Only 3 days to go until we open the doors to Gallery 6. Although it feels like there are still a million things to finish, for Sarah Brown (Co-Project Manager) and I, we can’t wait to see the reaction from our visitors.
Since June 2013 we have been beavering away at transforming Gallery 6 into an interactive space where anyone can be a researcher, and gain a greater understanding of the museums founder, Percy Powell-Cotton.
One of the key aspects of the space will be housing our unique Handling Collection of over 700 objects ranging from skulls, musical instruments, costumes and lots of taxidermy birds. Visitors will be able to touch, study and play with these precious objects, and perhaps understand why Percy Powell-Cotton became such a keen naturalist and lover of different cultures.
Canterbury Christ Church students testing Gallery 6 / University of the Creative Arts students testing Gallery 6.
On a personal level, I have loved working at the museum, picking up some quirky facts along the way. For example did you know you can spot an Orangutan skull because they look surprised and elephant skulls look like Cyclops!
Most of all we have been bowled over by the support and enthusiasm shown by staff and volunteers and we hope this gallery adds another element to our much loved museum.
Gallery 6 opens on Saturday 25 October, 10am.