A live artwork by Amy Sharrocks

How do you enjoy water?

Do you swim in pools?
Do you splash in puddles?
Do you drink from a tap?

Choose what water is most precious to you. Find a bottle to put it in. Tell us why you chose this water. We will keep it for you.

Help to build a collection of water for future generations to enjoy.

What water will you keep?

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, the museum will gather a collection of water for future generations to consider. Clean water is running out 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.

The museum currently has over 200 bottles in the collection, ranging from water from a holy river in India, to a burst London water main, ice from a Sussex field, a melted snowman, 20-year-old evaporated snow from Maine, condensation from a Falmouth window, Hackney rainwater, a new born baby’s bath water, Norwegian spit, three types of wee, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.

In celebration of our access to fresh water in this country, running alongside the museum is Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving only tap water.

Give us your water

Museum of Water and Water Bar were originally curated by Artakt, Central St. Martins at University of the Arts London and commissioned as part of Cartographies of Life & Death – John Snow & Disease Mapping for the London School of Hygiene and Medicine. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and through public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Museum of Water is produced by Artsadmin.

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