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Percy Powell-Cotton’s World Trip Diary

Scribble diary, from the Army and Navy Store, for the year 1890. Percy Powell-Cotton wrote down everything he did and saw during his 26 expeditions over a 50 year period.


This is one of many diaries Percy used through his lifetime to record his travels, the people he met and the things he collected. These diaries are a core archival resource for understanding the life of this Kentish explorer.

Powell-Cotton Museum

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


These diaries tell us everything from what he ate, to who he met and how he travelled around. They are crucial to our understanding of our object and natural history collections, because they explain why he collected and what he thought about the places he went.

Curriculum Links:

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Writing Composition – Real Events
  • KS2: Local History, Britain Beyond 1066, Writing Composition – Writing Models
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day

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