Following research at the British Library as to the most appropriate sort of museum to sit alongside ponds and the fish hatchery tanks, we themed the museum, in part, on the works of Frank Buckland (1826-1880) and J.J. Armistead.
Frank Buckland first started his ‘Museum of Economic Fish Culture’ in London in 1863 around a working fish hatching facility close to the site of the South Kensington Museum, London, and J.J. Armistead opened the World’s first School of Fish Culture in Cumberland, 1868.
Sadly, my research found that Buckland’s museum collection had been badly damage in storage during WW1 but thankfully, some items loaned to the museum had been moved out of London and returned to their owners. The hunt was on!
With the collection’s own card index (image example below) to guide and inform, I found exhibits at Arlington Mill Museum, Bibury Trout Farm and a collection of beautifully painted fish casts at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
To read Frank Buckland’s book digitally, on archive.org click image below
(A reference copy of this hardback book is in the World of Water library)
Volunteers at the WoW Field Centre next year will get a chance to help on the design thinking and early prototypes for ‘LAND TWO’, our first aquaponics unit and our second hydroponics demonstration unit.
Since our charity’s last look at hydroponics, algae farming has become its new ‘green baby’. Some hydroponic farmers produce Green Crude – algae bred for its oil content, whilst others farm algae for use in foodstuffs or in pharmaceuticals. One of the first algae research facilities in the early 1970’s, managed by Rod Cousins at Scottish Sea Farms, designed vertical plastic tube culture systems – a design change that enabled the industry to farm algae commercially.
The concept of our LAND TWO hydroponics farm has been designed by architect Tim Griffiths who also designed WoW’s first membership certificate and many of our touring exhibitions.
There’s enough space (and water) at our Field Centre for the pilot hydroponics scheme but as you can see from the artist’s impression below, the full LAND TWO farm is going to need more land and more water. We’ll cross that bridge as we near it 😉
If the future of aquaponics, hydroponics and airponics interests you, please volunteer on one of our charity’s ‘Aquaponics Junkyard Challenges’ and really get to understand how to make aquaponics work in any conditions, Globally.
The challenge ahead of ALL of us is how to feed the World’s growing population as it soaks up more land for housing.
Let’s work out what we are going to do, together.