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Museum of Water

Amy Sharrocks

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Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. Accumulating over two years in different sites worldwide, Museum of Water is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

In a time of relative plenty in Britain, Amy Sharrocks has been gathering a collection of water for future generations to consider. Clean water is more and more difficult to access across the world: will people look back at our current profligacy with horror and amazement…will the notions of fountains, swimming pools and baths become as archaic as the Broad St Pump now seems? We need to hold on to it, consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might save it for the future.

Everyday we choose water metaphors to define our thinking, yet in reality we have become used to defending against it. We chlorinate it and pipe it, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our tap when we need it. Certainly it is time to re-examine our connection, and develop a new relationship. We are all implicated in this.

Museum of Water has been visited by over 60,000 people and currently holds over 1,000 bottles in the collection. These donations include water from the last ice age, a muddy puddle, water from Mecca and the Ganges, ghost water, breaking waters, Norwegian spit, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.

Museum of Water was nominated for European Museum of the Year and the CIWEM Nick Reeves Award, and is part of the Water Museums Global Network.

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Date Location More info
Um of Water
14 October 2021 – 14 October 2022
Luminato Festival, Ontario, Online Details and tickets

For more information on this project download the touring pack or contact Cat Harrison at

Date Title Venue City
7–27 June 2021 The Ballad of Crown Point Bridge Compass Festival Leeds
11–13 June 2020 Museum of Water Luminato Festival Toronto
16 June 2019 Museum of Water at the Changing Tides Forum Toronto
7 February – 23 March 2018 Museum of Water Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Festival Perth
18 February – 5 March 2017 Museum of Water Perth International Arts Festival Perth
8–25 September 2016 Museum of Water Het Gemaal, Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam
6–8 May 2016 Museum of Water Lakes Ignite Festival Lake Windermere
16–19 March 2016 Museum of Water Festival de Keuze Rotterdam
14–18 October 2015 Museum of Water Arts by the Sea Bournemouth
25–27 September 2015 Museum of Water Festival de Keuze Rotterdam
29–31 August 2015 Museum of Water Coastal Currents Hastings
18–21 June 2015 Museum of Water Big Green Week Bristol
17–21 April 2015 Museum of Water Glasgow Botanic Gardens Glasgow
22 March 2015 Museum of Water Canalside Festival, Chisenhale Dance Space London
20–22 February 2015 Museum of Water Live at LICA, The Storey Institute Lancaster
6–8 February 2015 Museum of Water Live at LICA, The Storey Institute Lancaster
30 January 2015 Museum of Water - Friday Focus Talk Royal Pump Rooms, Art Gallery & Museum Leamington Spa
1–2 November 2014 Museum of Water Curating Cambridge Cambridge
10–12 October 2014 Museum of Water Fierce Festival Birmingham
27–28 September 2014 Museum of Water Festival of Thrift Darlington
4–7 September 2014 Museum of Water Vadehavs Festival Esbjerg
21 June 2014 Midsummer Water Day Somerset House UK
6–29 June 2014 Museum of Water Somerset House London
13 May 2014 Museum of Water collection day Somerset House London
8–10 May 2014 Museum of Water OPEN, Live at LICA Lancaster
6 May 2014 Museum of Water collection day London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine London
1 May 2014 Museum of Water collection day Swansea Museum Swansea
16 April 2014 Museum of Water collection Somerset House London
11–13 April 2014 Museum of Water Undercurrent Festival 2014 Shoreham-by-Sea
5 April 2014 Museum of Water collection Stepney City Farm London
22 March 2014 Museum of Water collection Somerset House London
20 March 2014 Museum of Water Artist's Talk Toynbee Studios
3 October 2013 Museum of Water Southbank Centre London
7–8 September 2013 PILOT
18 June 2013 Two Degrees: Museum of Water Toynbee Studios
13–16 March 2013 Museum of Water The memorial Broad Street pump London
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