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Animal Kingdom

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

The Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington is home to an extraordinary collection of natural history, ethnography and fine and decorative arts. Percy Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted animals against backdrops of their natural habitats. The Powell-Cotton Museum’s natural history dioramas are outstanding examples, unique to the UK, stunning for their size, quality and imagery.

Along with the dioramas, galleries containing Asian weaponry, ceramics, an interactive gallery and handling collection, the Museum also hosts a range of temporary exhibitions to celebrate special dates, events, people and also showcase amazing objects and collections.

From this April, the Powell-Cotton Museum will be displaying a stereoscopic photographic exhibition from photographer Jim Naughten, called ‘Animal Kingdom’.

The exhibition includes a series of pairs of photographs of animal skulls and skeletons and wet specimens from museum collections around the UK.

Each pair is photographed from the left eye and then the right eye perspective and then when viewed through the stereoscopic viewer, it gives the illusion of the image being 3D.

Stereoscopy is a technique that was developed in the 1800s to allow people to see pictures in 3D. Jim Naughten’s photographs are stunning when viewed in 2D but viewing them through the stereoscopic viewer completely transforms them.

This exhibition has just left the Horniman Museum and the Powell-Cotton Museum are thrilled to have it on display now. Inbal Livne, Head of Collections said ‘Jim's work conveys the wonder and excitement of the hidden collections in museum stores. We are really excited to be able to share these amazing specimens, which are so beautifully photographed, with our visitors.’

Adults: £8.50
Concessions: £6 (Senior citizens, children up to 16 and disabled, full time student - with card)
Under 5's: Free
Family Ticket: £25 (2 adults, up to 3 children)