Powell-Cotton museum (which wasn't about the history of cotton as I stupidly assumed originally but actually specimens from Africa that the Powell-Cotton family had collected and preserved.
Quex is located in Birchington near to Margate and despite being so close to such a bustling town the estate itself is quiet, secluded and really peaceful. You can bring picnics and just enjoy the gardens or pay for a pass to see everything. An adult entry to the house, museum and gardens is just £7 which I thought was brilliant value considering what you are getting.
The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) to house natural history specimens and cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa.
According to the literature we read, this lion is the lion that attacked Major Powell-Cotton one night and nearly killed him. The Major was on his way back to his tent and the lion was blocking his path. He shot the lion, wounding it in the jaw and it went and hid. They followed the lion to his hiding place, thinking it was dead when the lion suddenly ambushed them, attacking the Major. The Major was luckily not too badly injured due to the fact he had a rolled up copy of Punch in his breast pocket which protected him from the majority of the attack. It's a bit like the story of a bullet getting wedged in a book which saves the hero's life.
I was especially disturbed by the room full of elephant tusks. These were all replicas as the real tusks are too valuable to have on display but you are still well aware that they belonged to real animals before we went barreling in with our gung-ho attitude and trigger fingers. The place reeks of British Empirelism.
The children I saw were fascinated. The museum provides them with explorer hats and treasure maps and they loved finding specific items. It seems like a great way to keep the kids entertained for a day!
I'll leave you there for now, with this teaser, just about to step into the family home and explore the house and gardens.