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Angolan Model Village

This model of a Kwanyama homestead was built in Angola by Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton, with help from local residents Hamjungo and Datila. The model is based on Hamjungo and Datila’s own homestead and the pair became friends with the Powell-Cotton sisters.


Built by the headman of the homestead the model is based on in collaboration with Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton. Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton travelled through Angola in 1936 and 1937 and frequently stayed with Kwanyama people, who form one of the largest language groups in Angola.

Powell-Cotton Museum

Powell-Cotton Museum,
Quex House and Gardens,
Quex Park,


The model includes detailed replicas of cooking utensils, furniture, animals and people, all of which the sisters documented in photographs during their trip.

Curriculum Links: 

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Artists, Craft Makers and Designers, Everyday Materials
  • KS2: Local History, Artists, Architects and Designers in History, Human and Physical Geography
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, History of Art, Craft, Design and Architecture

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