Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water that tells stories of the people and places it comes from. It is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

Water is our most basic need but also our most overlooked, throwaway substance. We claim kinship with every water metaphor, yet in our actions we defend against it, squeezing and pumping, chlorinating and piping, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our taps at a twist of our fingers.

It is time to re-examine our connection with the water that surrounds us, to develop a new relationship: to consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might care for it in the future. We are all implicated in this.

Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 60,000 people, and currently holds over 1,000 bottles in the collection. In celebration of our access to fresh water, always running alongside the Museum is our Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving fresh water from the nearest source.

Begun in 2013, in a time of relative plenty in Britain, Museum of Water travels across the world gathering collections of water for future generations to consider. The collection holds ghost water and bad dream water, water from the last ice age, a melted snowman as well as Norwegian spit, three types of urine and two different breaths. It holds water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, Mediterranean sea beside a refugee camp on Lesvos and water from an aboriginal grandmother remembering the stolen generation and the disappearing wetlands of Western Australia.

Explore our Collection online, listen to donors’ speaking about their water, keep an eye out for future events and bring your own water.

Choose what water is precious to you.
Help us build a collection of water for future generations to enjoy.
What water will you keep?


session today with @MuseumOfWater, as a perfect example. exuberant, radical, joyously critical work, presented by its architect. a treat, look them up.

Front page news today @globeandmail in Toronto - still no access to fresh water in Neskantaga - 25 years into a boil water advisory.

Great photos by #DavidJackson
...https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-left-behind-in-neskantaga-and-exiled-in-thunder-bay-a-nation-still/

#wateradvisories #longterm #25years #neskantaga #neskantagawatercrisis #neskantagafirstnation #isitevergoingtohappen
#bandaidsolutions #cleanwater #allthatwater #notadroptodrink #notadrop

Thank you so much for the chance to share our donors’ incredible gifts & the work that goes on in #MuseumofWater

session today with @MuseumOfWater, as a perfect example. exuberant, radical, joyously critical work, presented by its architect. a treat, look them up.

#775 - Maju Knupp - The cap of the 20 litre bottle we were forced to buy after the catastrophe in Colatina, Brazil & the paper boat made by schoolchildren with a poem about the effects of the ...disaster. Death and decay in the river. March 2016

Today on 5 November 2015, two dams collapsed at the Fundão mine in Brazil, flooding the Doce River with toxic iron ore, killing many people and causing the worst ecological disaster in Brazil's history.

Maju Knupp travelled there the following year. This donation bears witness to the devastation of the town of Colatina, the contamination of the entire Rio Doce basin contaminated, the water sources polluted and poisonous. She gave this donation to #MuseumofWaterRotterdam @svhassel #anoukdriessen @amysharrocks @hetgemaal @jolien_sanderse @theaterrotterdam in November 2016.

Picture shows:
A bottle cap twisted off from a 20litre water bottle; a paper boat with a poem stuck to its side by Ytalo and Graciéle in Year 7, on which they have written in pen, COLATINA IS BRASIL.

The Portuguese poem:
Rio sujo, rio acabado
por causa da Samarco
Nosso rio poluído ficou
Nossa água contaminada está
Dos peixes não podemos mais nos alimentar
Levou a alegria
que era nosso rio Doce
Levou casas, levou vidas
levou vários sonhos
deixando sede e lágrimas.
Animais sofrendo.
Passaros sem ninhos
Rios sem peixes
entrando em extinção,
Fontes escassas.
Culpa do homem
Por essa destruição.

The English translation:
Dirty river, finished river
because of Samarco
Our river has become polluted
Our water contaminated
We can no longer feed on fish
It took the joy
that was our Doce River
It took houses, it took lives
took many dreams
leaving thirst and tears.
Suffering animals.
Birds without nests
Rivers without fish
going into extinction,
Scarce sources.
Man's fault
For this destruction.

For further information on the disaster and the continued social irresponsibility of the mining companies who caused it, please visit @londonmining

https://museumofwater.co.uk/0775/

Thanks to #nandomessias for help on translation

#witness #museumsaswitness #riodoce #SweetRiver #messageonaboat
#MiningDisaster
#deathanddecayintheriver
#struggleofmemoryagainstforge

#775 - Maju Knupp - The cap of the 20 litre bottle we were forced to buy, after the catastrophe in Colatina, Brazil & the paper boat made by schoolchildren with a poem about the effects of the ...disaster. Death and decay in the river. March 2016

#witness

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775. Maju Knupp - Museum of Water, London UK

775. Maju Knupp

museumofwater.co.uk

On 5 November 2015 two dams collapsed at the Fundão mine in Brazil, flooding the Doce River with toxic iron ore, killing many people and causing the worst ecological disaster in Brazil's ...history.

Maju Knupp travelled there the following year and witnessed the town of Colatina devastated in the catastrophe, the entire Rio Doce basin contaminated, the water sources polluted and poisonous. She kept the bottle top from the water she had to buy, and the poem given to her by the school children in Year 7. When she gave this donation to Museum of Water Rotterdam #SannekeVanHassel #anoukdriessen #AmySharrocks in November 2016 it was palpable how shocked and horrified she still was by the immeasurable destruction she witnessed.

#775 - Maju Knupp - The cap of the 20 litre bottle we were forced to buy, after the catastrophe in Colatina, Brazil & the paper boat made by schoolchildren with a poem about the effects of the disaster. Death and decay in the river. March 2016

This is the English translation of the poem by Ytalo and Graciéle in Year 7, which they stuck to their paper boat as a message to the world, and on which they wrote in pen, COLATINA IS BRASIL:

Dirty river, finished river
because of Samarco
Our river has become polluted
Our water contaminated
We can no longer feed on fish

It took the joy
that was our Doce River
It took houses, it took lives
took many dreams
leaving thirst and tears.

Suffering animals.
Birds without nests
Rivers without fish
going into extinction,
Scarce sources.
Man's fault
For this destruction.

For further information on the disaster and the continued social irresponsibility of the mining companies who caused it, please see this statement from London Mining Network
https://londonminingnetwork.org/2020/11/lmn-statement-for-5th-anniversary-of-the-samarco-disaster/

https://museumofwater.co.uk/0775/

#witness #museumsaswitness #riodoce #SweetRiver #messageonaboat #messageinabottle
#MiningDisaster #disaster
#deathanddecayintheriver
#fundaodam #dam #damage #damn
#mabbrasil #MAB
#bhp #BHPBilliton #Samarco #Vale #irresponsibility #ecologicaldisaster #corporatesocialirresponsibility #newaccounting #colatinaisbrasil

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"breathe. breathe. breathe. sing. let that water move within you. let it be you. let your every cilia dance you into healing. let the warm salt water brighten you. your tears. sleep. and when ...you dream of working, sleep again. sleep until you dream of floating. dream until your edges soft. dream until you birth yourself in water singing with the bones of all your lost. dream until you breathe not from your mouth, not from your nose but through your hair and through your skin. dream until you claim the ocean. breathe until you feel no need to swim. breathe until your dreams flow out your brain. breathe and let them in your heart. breathe and we will call you again, that's a start."

At a time of such anxiety, perhaps this Incredible writing by Alexis Pauline Gumbs can help those making decisions to cast their vote for an ecology of care with the world, and for those of us depending on the outcome, perhaps this ritual for spiritual interconnectedness in this world may bring some peace and reassurance.

- Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Dub: Finding Ceremony
(Excerpt is in reference to an autopoetic or self-organising living system; in an open letter by Sylvia Wynter: 'No Human Involved')

thank you for sharing Nellie Le Fey

MASS Action's "holistic investigation" of museum anti-racism commitments continues. Read about our framework here: https://t.co/BlrjlcF2ef

Calling 16–25 year-olds in Leeds:

Don't miss this workshop with @thegcfoundation @IVECreativity and make some sound recordings with @AmySharrocks and @TomHackers! ...https://t.co/V4Zv2YaKqY

THE ART OF SOUND 🎧

Learn how to record and edit sound alongside artists @AmySharrocks and @TomHackers in these free workshops.

Open to everyone aged 16-25 in Leeds.

SIGN-UP NOW: https://www.gcfoundation.co.uk/Event/the-art-of-sound-workshops

In partnership with @CompassFestLDS and @IVECreativity

We have had the opportunity to work with incredible photographers across the world, some over years. We are thankful for the brilliance of Ruth Corney, Ben Blossom, Lucy Carruthers, Pete Tweedie (UK), Salih Kilic (NL), Jess Wyld, Jacqueline Jane (WA), whose work features across this site. How to have a 3 minute shower by the brilliant Jen Jamieson and The Oceanic Sessions were part of Museum of Water WA.

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