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Kashmir Diorama

The animals in the diorama were all collected by Percy Powell-Cotton during a series of shooting trips to the region in the 1890s.The Kashmir diorama was the first large-scale exhibit to be built within the Powell-Cotton Museum. Completed in 1905 it represented a mountain scene in Ladakh, a region in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Oldest untouched diorama in the UK, completed in 1905. Was the first exhibit in Percy’s new museum, bringing little-known parts of the world to the people of Kent.

Powell-Cotton Museum

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


The arrangement of the animals shows the difficulty of adapting to the harsh mountain environment. Some have winter coats to protect them from the cold. Others have adapted their hooves to balance on the high mountain passes. When the diorama was completed in 1905 it brought a little known part of the world to Kent. It is believed to be the oldest untouched diorama in the UK.

Curriculum links:

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Animals, including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats
  • KS2: Local History, Significant Society, Animals, including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats, Human and Physical Geography
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Skeletal and Muscular System, Ecosystems, Human and Physical Geography
  • KS4: Ecosystems

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