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Museum of Economic Fish Culture, London, 1863

Visit Scotland and see some of Frank Buckland’s 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 image below

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




Early WoW Publishing 1978 – 1983

From its beginnings in a converted woollen mill in South Wales, World of Water has grown to be a respected publisher and presenter in print, live and online, with a focus on supporting the work of environmental groups.

With a dynamic, solutions-driven personality we are able to plan publications with you during live workshops, events and meetings, having a strong grasp of capturing message and moments graphically.

Using a range of computer software and online platforms we now liaise with authors, designers, print suppliers, venues, distributors and partners but we started by printing our own publications using a mix of letterpress, stencilling, calligraphy, photocopying, hand binding and illumination.

World of Water qualities

Passion for publishing in print and live
Lateral skill to create solutions
Love of the use of performance to get message across
Grasp of global environmental concerns
Experience of project management
Ability to share, link and work across a wide team
An innovative way with typesetting  and graphic layout
Experience of illustration, storyboarding, writing and performance.
Net savvy