Culture Magazine

Museum of Water, London, England

By Theexhibitionlist @exhibitionlist
amy sharrocks, the exhibition list

Yesterday I hotfooted it down to the Soho area of London to visit the Museum of Water, a live artwork by Amy Sharrocks. the exhibition list I was happy to find that the museum had popped-up, for 3 days only, next to the Memorial Broad Street Pump on the corner of Broadwick Street and Poland Street. The website reads:

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

What water will you keep?

museum of water
It was great to see the diverse offerings already on show only 4 days into the project. I decided to take some of my used bath water (eurgh) so there was a little piece of me along with the reminder of the precious time I like to take to relax in the tub. Bath water seemed appropriate as with the impending stories of water scarcity baths may be a luxury we can’t afford in years to come. Amy wanted to interview me, which was fine, although I wasn’t prepared and rambled a little. She was engaging, clearly enjoying her creation and happy with the number of watery memories already received.
the exhibition list
The Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. It invited you to slow down and think about water and all of its uses. There was some Norwegian spit, 4 varieties of urine, a selection of water that had been brought along by a school group. We were treated to a talk from Dr Ros Stanwell-Smith on the significance of the site.
the exhibition list
Despite the rain we all listened intently and laughed a lot as Ros relayed the story of John Snow and the Broad St pump. John Snow (1813–1858) is considered the founder of modern epidemiology – the study of the patterns and causes of health and disease in populations. Snow traced the source of a deadly cholera outbreak in 1850s London to a water pump in Soho by mapping where the cases were. The water from the pump was considered so delicious that one woman who moved to Hampstead, missed the water and so got a flask of it shipped to her regularly, when she fell ill and noone else in that area did it became obvious the pump was the source of the disease. The water at the pump had been contaminated by sewage. Dr Stanwell-Smith assured us that sewage actually tastes delicious, and that it is only when you know wat you’re drinking it becomes disgusting. Hmm. John Snow’s work laid the foundations for better sanitation in the capital and still influences public health research and policy.
the exhibition list
To top it all off we got a free delicious glass of water at the Water Bar which supposedly came from the original site of the Broad St pump.

How delightful. The collection is set to continue growing at various sites around the world. If you want to give your water then be sure to get in touch with Amy Sharrocks whose contact details are on the website. It will be exciting to watch the project as it evolves.

You can follow of Twitter and Facebook


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • That's What I Want, Unbounded Complexity with Open-ended Evolution

    Corominas-Murtra B, Seoane LF, Solé R. 2018 Zipf’s Law, unbounded complexity and open-ended evolution. J. R. Soc. Interface 15: 20180395.... Read more

    8 hours, 5 minutes ago by   Bbenzon
    CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIETY
  • My Latest in The Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wines

    Latest Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wines

    My latest in The Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wine: Gorge Wines offer an enticing array of bubbly selections. by L.M. Archer While the Columbia Gorge doesn’t name... Read more

    8 hours, 18 minutes ago by   L.m. Archer
    CULTURE, DRINK
  • #1 Diet Trend on Google 2018

    Google just released its rankings for 2018, and guess which diet was searched most often? You guessed it - the keto diet! Google trends: See what was... Read more

    8 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Evangelical Angels

    Evangelical Angels

    Angels are everywhere at this time of year. The Christmas stories of the gospels of Matthew and Luke have made them an indelible part of the tradition. Read more

    8 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Steveawiggins
    POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Beauty for Home & Body • Perfect Gift Ideas Anytime*

    Beauty Home Body Perfect Gift Ideas Anytime*

    Finding gift inspiration in general and not just at Christmas time can be a challenge as years go by so fast and it gets tougher and tougher. Read more

    9 hours, 12 minutes ago by   Kellilash
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • What I Wore: Holiday Style

    What Wore: Holiday Style

    I wore this skirt Thanksgiving and shared the look on Instagram. I mentioned I'd also style it with a white shirt a la Carolina Herrera and several of you... Read more

    9 hours, 18 minutes ago by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING
  • How To Save Time During The Busy Holidays

    Save Time During Busy Holidays

    This post has been sponsored by Jewel-Osco. All thoughts and opinions are my own.With the holiday season fast approaching, there always seems to be a long list... Read more

    9 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Cait
    LIFESTYLE

Magazines