Gallery 4 highlights the Powell-Cotton Museum's fascinating and extensive Angolan collections. Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton travelled to Angola in 1936 and 1937 to collect objects for the Powell-Cotton Museum and the British Museum. This was extraordinary for two women in the 1930s, especially as the Foreign Office advised them not to go. They successfully collected 3,000 objects over 3,000 photographs and 4 hours of 16mm film footage, resulting in one of the largest collections of Angolan material in Europe. Importantly Diana and Antoinette were not just pioneers of female travel and exploration, but of the still young science of anthropology.
The current exhibition aims to build on this, exploring both the Angolan collections and the Powell-Cotton sisters who collected them.