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Museum of Water

At first, the Museum of Water may appear to be a large collection of waters, each sampled by individuals who have a very special connection with their donated exhibit.

The range of bottles and other containers is it itself, fascinating, but the most beautiful and telling parts of the collection are the stories attached to each exhibit.

It’s a touring exhibition but you can check out its web site now.

There are some very different ‘troubled waters’ in our Water Footprint Museum  and many act as time capsules containing a wide range of pollutants. They are being collected to preserve a historical record of environmental damage  for future researchers.

One of our cleaner waters is this one, ‘Sterile Water for Irrigation’ but not of an agricultural nature:

Photo Reference: WoW H20bservatory Project
“Next time you are beside a river, stream, lake, well, sea, canal, aquaduct, reservoir, pond or drain,  be on the look out for water and waterlife in trouble.  For waterlife, it’s their home and they can’t escape it and they haven’t got a water treatment plant to keep it clean.”

Photo reference: WoW River Watch Campaign


Museum of Economic Fish Culture, London, 1863

Visit Scotland and see some of Frank Buckland’s 19th C. Museum

When in 1978 World of Water built its aquatic centre in Pencader, South Wales Tourism insisted that it opened to the public and included a museum.

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 here

(A reference copy of this hardback book is in the World of Water library)