Since the museum’s founder, Percy Powell-Cotton created this extraordinary museum, learning has been at the heart of everything we do.
“In trust for the enjoyment of visitors and the benefit of students”
Learning Offer 2017-2018:
The following sessions can be tailored to suit any age group or ability.
Object handling session: 30 minutes £30.00 plus VAT* (max. 32 per session)
Find out more about the museum’s collection through a sensory exploration of our handling collection. This includes animal skulls and skins, taxidermy specimens, textiles, clothing, shells, ethnographic items and musical instruments. This session can also be tailored to your specific area of study. For example: what animals eat using our collection of teeth and skulls. Contact the learning team for more information.
Museum Safari: 1 hour £40.00 plus VAT* (max. 32 per session)
Explore the museum’s animal dioramas. See the different habitats that Percy experienced and spot some of the incredible animals that he encountered. This session focuses on adaptation, food chains and habitats.
Percy and his Adventures: 1 hour £40.00 plus VAT* (max. 32 per session)
This is an interactive storytelling session where your group use objects, drawing and clues to find about the real-life adventures of Percy Powell-Cotton. Become a detective and use the objects and clues to decide what you think happened when Percy met a lion. Then listen to Percy's account to see if you were right.
Coil pot clay workshop: 1 hour £60.00 plus VAT* (max. 32 per session)
Learn about the traditional African craft of coil pot making through demonstrations and watching archive footage taken by Percy Powell-Cotton from his meeting with renowned Zande potter Mbitim in 1933. Then you and your group can have a go at making a clay pot to take home.
African textiles workshop: 1 hour £60.00 plus VAT* (max. 30 per session)
Learn about the different techniques used to make traditional African textiles by visiting our African Textiles exhibition and exploring examples in our handling collection. Then create your own textile to take home.
Self-led visits are welcome, whether you want to spend just a few hours or a whole day exploring our galleries. Self-led visits must be booked in advance to reserve time in Gallery 6, our interactive hands-on gallery.
Entry into the museum for education groups is £2.50 per student under 16 and £4.00 per student 16+. Accompanying adults are free of charge.
Please be aware reserved lunch space is limited and is prioritised for schools having workshops.
Bring the Powell-Cotton Museum to your school with outreach visits from our Outreach Officer.
We can bring a selection of our in house workshops to you. Please see the list below for charges.
Object handling session: 30 minutes £100.00 plus VAT# (max. 32 per session)
Museum Safari: 45 minutes £100.00 plus VAT# (max. 32 per session)
Percy and his Adventures: 45 minutes £100.00 plus VAT# (max. 32 per session)
# Please note these prices are for groups within a 15-mile radius. For bookings beyond this there is an additional charge of £50.00
Once we have received your booking form a member of the Learning Team will put together a timetable for your visit, which will be sent to you to confirm your booking.
We can provide a general risk assessment for the museum but we encourage teachers to come to the museum for a free familiarisation visit to undertake their own risk assessment. Please contact the museum to book in your free familiarisation visit.