Newsletter #1 2022

The National Waterways Museum improves digital access to the collection through 3D photography 

The National Waterways Museum, run by the Canal & River Trust covers three beautiful sites on the English Canal network: Gloucester, Ellesmere Port (Cheshire) and Stoke Bruerne (Northamptonshire). Meanwhile, at Stoke Bruerne, improvements have been made to the exhibitions and café area; in Gloucester, work is continuing to improve the displays by opening a new floor for temporary exhibitions and open storage of the collections. Over recent months, much work has been undertaken to improve access to the collection. The Museum is working with Liverpool University to develop staff’s skills in photogrammetry and 3D photography. Examples of this work can be seen by following the links below to a Black Forest Bear blotter (c 1900) once used by Levi Lindop, the Superintendent of the Ellesmere Port repair yard and a Manchester Ship Canal matchbox (c 1920). Enhanced digital images of objects on the website, alongside the featured recordings of individuals, enable visitors to talk about favourite objects in the Museum collection (see Unlocking Hidden Stories).

Living Water Museums, India, launching two new online exhibitions 

  • Around World Water Day, on March 26, 2022,LWM is launching ‘Punyache Paani’, an online exhibition celebrating the waters of Pune which were once revered for their sweet taste and unique properties. The exhibition traces Pune’s water heritage from early systems for storing (wells) and transporting water (aqueducts) to pipelines and public health challenges. It will be supported by a week of hybrid events including panels on People, Places and Practices as well as music, dance and theatre around the theme. This is a collaborative effort with diverse partners from across this bustling city, hosted by the Living Waters Museum and the Centre for Water Research at IISER-Pune (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research). 
  • On International Museum Day, May 18, 2022,LWM will belaunching Jal Jharoka     (A Window on Water) in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur.           An online exhibition tracing the development of elaborate water storage systems by various rulers in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and the everyday practices around water in the city through visual narratives supported by miniature art, folk music, and immersive design. 

    Follow Living Water Museums on social media as they start sharing citizen voices airing their concerns around Pune waters.

New virtual tour in Croatia developed by the AQUATIKA water museum

Take a walk through the only freshwater aquarium in Croatia with a simple click. Through ten interactive points, you can virtually walk through the AQUATIKA museum and get a glimpse of what a typical ‘karst river’ looks like – from the source to the mouth. Every aquarium included in the tour has a short description of the fish species and the rivers’ aquatic environments. This virtual tour has been designed to reach larger audiences, especially those who are still unable to visit the aquarium in person. The tour provides a unique chance to experience a mysterious freshwater world directly from one’s home.

New virtual tour on polders and pumping stations launched by the Cruquius Museum

Experience the story of the reclamation of Haarlemmermeer through the eyes of the famous meteorologist and surveyor Nicolaus Samuelis Cruquius and his housekeeper, Johanna. The meteorologist takes visitors through the Cruquius Pumping Station and places of the Haarlemmermeerpolder in the Netherlands that tell the unique water story of the low country. The tour includes the conference room of the Rijnlandhuis in Spaarndam, where Nicolaus Samuelis Cruquius worked as water manager. Nicolaus welcomes visitors at the Kolksluis lock, Europe’s oldest lock dating from the 13th century, where he tells them about the danger of the Waterwolf. The virtual tour through Haarlemmermeer and steam engine De Cruquius brings home to visitors how special this polder and the reclamation works have been.

Interactive workshop and installation for visitors at Hidrodoe Science Center

The annual theme of Hidrodoe in 2022 is ‘Invisible water’. During the spring break, the visitors of Hidrodoe could colour fish with soap bubbles and then bring the fish to life in our virtual aquarium. The workshop attracted a large audience and it will be held again during the Easter holidays. During the activity, visitors were told that invisible fish do exist: they are invisible to us because they live very deep in the ocean – but they exist and we have to take care of them.
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‘12 elements of the water heritage in Spain’ – a virtual exhibition by Museu de les Aigües 

The Museu de les Aigües, together with Ticcih España, has created the virtual exhibition ‘12 elements of the water heritage in Spain’, a selection of some of the most important aspects of the Spanish aquatic legacies including the Central Cornellà of Aigües Barcelona, the Colonia Sedó, the Canal de Castilla and the Canal de Aragón. The exhibition is based on a tour with images of the selected locations. The exhibition can be found on the Google Arts & Culture platform:

Enhanced open-source digital tools for the Historisches Klaerkwerk Museum

Historisches Klaerkwerk Museum recently intensified its efforts to create new digital tools and formats, starting from its historic sewage-treatment plant. The industrialization along the river Rhine transformed the landscape dramatically and modified the quality and the cultural importance of water. To raise awareness and promote water education, heritage, and sustainable development, the Klaerwerk Museum worked together with other initiatives along the Rhine River to collect new data on heritage artefacts and remains and to create new open-source digital tools. Also, main factories, important urban developments, and main infrastructure projects along the river were identified, described and geolocated. The next steps will be the creation of several interconnected local websites but also on-site exhibition areas, as well as educational routes for schools and students.