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Collections Policy

Collections Policy

1. Purpose

The Collections Policy of the World of Water (WOW) charity outlines the principles and procedures governing the management, care, and use of the organization’s collections. It aims to ensure the preservation, accessibility, and scholarly value of the collections for present and future generations.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all objects, artifacts, specimens, documents, and materials acquired, owned, or held by the WOW charity as part of its collections.

3. Acquisition

3.1. Criteria for Acquisition: The WOW charity acquires items that are relevant to its mission of promoting water awareness and education. Items may be acquired through donation, purchase, bequest, or exchange. (See Aquisition Policy)

3.2. Documentation: All acquisitions are documented according to established procedures, including recording provenance, condition assessments, and legal documentation.

4. Documentation and Cataloging

4.1. Cataloging Standards: The WOW charity maintains comprehensive records for all items in its collections, following recognized cataloging standards and protocols.

4.2. Digital Catalog: A digital catalog is in preparation to provide international online access to collection information for researchers, scholars, and the public.

5. Preservation and Conservation

5.1. Preservation: The WOW charity is committed to preserving the integrity and longevity of its collections through appropriate environmental controls, handling procedures, and storage conditions.

5.2. Conservation: Conservation treatments are undertaken by qualified professionals to stabilize and repair items as necessary, following ethical and best practice guidelines.

6. Access and Use

6.1. Access Policies: Access to the collections is provided for research, educational, and exhibition purposes, subject to relevant policies and procedures.

6.2. Loans: The WOW charity may loan items from its collections to other institutions for temporary exhibitions or research purposes, following established loan agreements and conditions.

7. Deaccessioning and Disposal

7.1. Criteria for Deaccessioning: Items may be considered for deaccessioning if they no longer align with the mission and goals of the WOW charity, are redundant, or pose preservation risks.

7.2. Ethical Considerations: Deaccessioning decisions are made with careful consideration of ethical guidelines, legal requirements, and the interests of donors and stakeholders.

7.3. At WOW, we value every artifact and contribution to our Collections. In the event that we receive duplicate items or are approached by another heritage collection with offers to buy, borrow, or exchange artifacts, rest assured that we carefully assess each opportunity.

Our policy prioritizes preserving the integrity and uniqueness of our Collections while also considering the potential educational and research value of external offers. We approach such decisions with the utmost diligence, ensuring that any actions taken align with our commitment to water conservation and public awareness.

9. Governance and Review

9.1. Responsibility: The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the implementation of this policy and ensuring compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

9.2. Review: Our Collections Policy is subject to periodic review and revision to reflect changes in best practices, organizational priorities, and legal requirements.


We extend our deepest gratitude to all individuals and organizations considering contributing to the World of Water (WOW) Collections. Your generosity and support are instrumental in furthering our mission to promote water awareness and conservation.

If you are considering donating, lending, or collaborating with us in any capacity, we encourage you to reach out and contact us to discuss how your contribution aligns with our goals and initiatives.

Together, we can make a significant impact in safeguarding our precious water resources for current and future generations.”


Grant Jessé, Trustee, World of Water. UK Registered Charity No. 327188 and a not for profit Company limited by Guarantee No. 2023668.

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Big thank you to the following for their help and support since our launch :

Alexandra Theatre (Birmingham,UK) * A. Montgomery Group (J.Southam) * Arlington Mill Museum & The Lord Ashdown Charitable Settlement * Dr. Ashok Kumar * Aston University in Birmingham * Tracey Avery * The Bass Museum of Brewing * The Late Alex Behrendt * Bibury Trout Farm (C.I.Peters) * Steve Biddle * BHBN (Linda Gotch) * Birmingham and Midland Institute * Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Art Gallery * Birmingham College of Food and Tourism (Michael Godard) * Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,UK (Museum Education Dept.) * Birmingham Nature Centre * Birmingham Central Library (Anne Everall) * Birmingham Voluntary Bureau (BVB) * Ellis Birt * Boulton and Paul * British Broadcasting Corporation * the late Prof. Niall Bromage * BRMB(Radio) * Canon (UK) Ltd (Simon Elwell) * Casa Pupo (London) * Conchological Society of Gt. Britain and Ireland * The Conservation Foundation * Craig Denston (Masks) * Richard Digance * The Donside Paper Company, Aberdeen * Dumbarton Museum and Library (Helen Dyson) * Beryl Cornish * Dementia Matters in Powys * European Community * Fleur Easom (Sculpt) * Earth Centre, Conisborough * European Aquaculture Society * Ewos (U.K) * F.G.F. (Aston) * Fishing News Books Ltd. (Vivien M. Heighway) * Frank Forest * Foster Brothers * Rowena Garratt * Janet Grifffiths * Jasco’s (Sound and Light) Ltd * Prof. John Guillebaud * Paul Hales * Hawkins and Manwaring * John Heaton Animations * Helensburgh Museum * Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry * J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. * Highland Water Gardens * Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham * Brian Hosgood * The late Lee Hudson * Martin Hulse * IBM (Paul Appleford) * Institute of Fisheries Management * Interbuild Exhibitions * ISTEL, Redditch * Ken Jackson * J.Sharp (Jasco’s Sound and Light Ltd.) * John C. Jones * Keighley Museum and Art Gallery * Kenning Vehicle Hire * Knucklas Castle Community Land Trust * Louise Kourris * Dr. Peter Landless * Rustie Lee (BBC Radio WM) * The Late M.H.Lloyd, B’ham Fish Market * Lloyds Bank * Llwybr/Pathway * Louis Draplin Ltd.(Printers) * Sue Lyons * Margaret Tregoning (Florists) * MacFarlane Laboratories * Kiko Matsuzuki (Mikimoto Pearl Museum) * Prof. Alan Matty * Metronews * Midland Glass Gallery * Dr. Derek Mills, Dept. Forestry & Natural Resources * Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (J.W.Ramster) * Jonathan (Mitch) Mitchell * Monsanto Co.(London) * Graham Nall * National Aquarium, Washington, USA (Craig Phillips) * National Farmers Union * Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Dept. (Mr.Wheeler) * John Needle * Newhay Fisheries Ltd.(Dr. Martin Jaffa) * New Zealand High Commission (London) * Norsenet * OpenNewtown * James Oribine/Fish Masks * Oxfam * Pembroke Fish Farms * The Post Office * Powys County Council * Priory Hospital, Bimingham (Dr. Nigel Smith) * Project Dynamo (Welsh Development Agency) * Rank Xerox (M.Bradley) * Rea Valley Conservation Group * The Late Miss Mary Richards * Peter Smith Associates * Sqdr. Ldr. Peters * Stephen Smith Public Relations * Rackhams (B.Stellard) * Rugby Library and Art Gallery * Ian Sandy Entertainments * Science Museum, London (Joe Roome) * Sevem Trent Water,UK. * Shell Film Library * Smith and Sons (Birmingham) * South African Consul, (London) * John Southam Exhibitions * South West Wales Tourist Authority * Antonia Spowers * Spring Greens Fair (School days) * Paul Stanley (Author. Model Maker) * Stephen’s Plastics * Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery * J.& W. Stuart (Scotland) * John Taylor (BBC) * Phillipa Townsend * Sietske van der Veen * J.Vickerstaffs * Warwickshire Museum * Watermill Trout Farm (Martin Hallam) * Wednesbury Art Gallery and Museum * Western Australia Consul, (London) * West Midlands Area Museum Service (Jocelyn Orchard) * Whirligig Theatre Company (David Wood) * White Rose Pharmaceuticals * Jenny Wilkes (BBC Radio WM) * Kay C. Wilton (Costumes) * John Wincott * Woodlands Hospital (Mrs. Beckett) * The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers * Youngs Seafoods (P.S.Lackington)

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