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* Omnium Gatherum

Our founder, Joyce Latham Elam, visited many of the World’s troubled areas in her 90 years on Earth and always worked practically to help. She started our charity but sadly died in tears, still not knowing how best to solve the growing environmental and social problems we face and how to halt the tide of growing global water pollution and feed the World’s hungry.

Thankfully, every day, more and more people are now realising these problems and are linking their skills and resources to solve them.
Today, our charity communicates those  same problems through:
Giving Live talks,
Conserving Water,
Presenting Exhibitions.
Holding Workshops,
Museum in a Classroom Projects,
Researching Water Footprints,
Going on Field trips,
Arranging Wildlife Walks,
Preserving Water Heritage,
Writing Campaign Blogs,
Publishing Water Awareness (POD),
Designing Courses,
Holding Interviews,
Creating Films (just started!),
Sharing on Social Media,
Face-to-face and online meetings,
Supporting water awareness,
Maintaining woodland and pasture.

With your ongoing support we can solve the problems facing the World’s water  and together, win the battle for clean water habitats for humans and wildlife everywhere.

You can help …

Be a Water Watcher with us.

Make waves with us.

Turn the tide on pollution.

Stop the flow of Earth’s death-by-profit.

We need to create a sea change.

One World – one shared body of Water .. keep it clean.

“Water is elemental, life-giving and sustaining. It is ours to drink, ours to play in, to grow with, to build on. Water is more fundamental than any other substance on Earth” (Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truth & Lies  About the Global Water Crisis.  (Published in 2004) By Anita Roddick with Brooke Shelby Biggs

Omnium Gatherum

We use the World of Water collections in exhibitions, school projects, loans to other museums, fundraising events, publicity and talks.

This diverse collection is invaluable for research, education, and exhibitions, allowing our charity to showcase the multifaceted importance of water throughout history and in contemporary society.

* We welcome donations that help us to communicate our aims, raise funds, and support our environmental, educational and research projects.

If you think you may have items that we would find useful for this, please contact us, marking your message “WoW Collections”.

Our collections include:

Sea Shells (both freshwater and marine species)

Paintings (Watercolours / Mixed Media)

River Paintings

Fruit Wrappers



Fruit Stickers


Drawings (Plans.Designs)
Water Bottles

Rubbings (Brass. Iron castings, Stone)


Documents (Letters, Stories, Lyrics, Poems)
Post Cards

Paper (Handmade)

Tape Recordings
Ceramics / Pottery

Glass & Pottery / Bottles




Sculpt (Wood, Pottery, Stone)


Water Clothing/Umbrellas

Water Drainage

Water Heritage
Fish Memorabilia

Glass Artifacts

Metal Artifacts

Plastic Artifacts
Wooden Artifacts (Carved. Natural)

Packaging (Sea food)


Digital Files (Docs. Images, Audio, Video)


Presently sorting through the play bills collection. Here’s the first, printed on white silk with golden tassle surround. Date: between 1853 and 1857.

Theatre Manager: Alfred Wigan
 Main performance:   Still Waters Run Deep

Interested in Playbills? See also the Folger Collections

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2000 years of River Protection and River Pollution

What have our ancestors ever done for us?

Well about two thousand six hundred years ago in Persia the Zoroastrians forbad the discharge of any filth into rivers. In those days, the filth would have been pretty natural but still, Persians wanted their rivers clean.

But our British ancestors in 1810, with the introduction of modern water-carriage sewage disposal in towns and cities, made it legal to transfer filth from the streets to rivers.

City dwellers wanted their streets clean.

You might conclude where this is going but in 1876, the ‘River Pollution Act’ in Britain made it ‘an offence to discharge solid or liquid sewage including any poisonous noxious or polluting liquid from any factory manufacturing and mining process’ into rivers.

Though this shows that some of our law-making ancestors realised the importance of having clean rivers,  it doesn’t help us to understand why present day law makers allow legally defined amounts of river pollution. The likely answer being, “costs are lower, hence profits greater, when rivers are used as waste conduits”.

Looking back on this ‘Age of Pollution“, future generations may never be able to understand why more wasn’t done to help the planet and few of us today can explain why any law-maker would ever support those who cause pollution.  Or, maybe a few of us realise that our species is still a long way from being worldly wise.

In the meantime, whilst some debate on the best way forward, there are many good signs around the World showing that deep down, some people know what’s best, intuitively.

If you can, join the good thinkers.