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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)

Some see it as Practical Graffiti. Some need convincing of its worth

Our charity is keen to hear from any mighty superheros eager to turn this World around for the better, but as most seem to be battling with each other we’ll continue to work on’Plan A’ – a solution that involves you, and me.

Firstly, think of the World as a recording instrument being played badly and think of the past as stored without back-up. You wouldn’t run your life in the way that people have run this Planet.

Secondly, view our Prototype Living Museum as a record of physical parts that remain where they are – under a common World sky rather than one large roof built in one country.

The Whole World of Water Prototype Living Museum is held together by the next generation of apps.

Thirdly, you’ve read about Intelligent Cities, now think Intelligent Planet – one that ‘lives’ at ever greater depth using augmented reality.

As an example of an existing augmented reality app. see walla.me

Fourthly, we call the physical parts of the Prototype Living Museum,  CSE’s (Correlated Sponsored Exhibits (CSE’s), and these combine to create an Experimental Reference Data Hub for all.

We pitched to Geovation with our app. plan but as it requires detailed global maps, we need to think bigger. Do you know anyone working on Google Maps who will help our charity?

Or are you a next generation app. developer?

We should be talking.MB022



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