Public Commons

Water is our public commons across the world.

How we treat it and care for it impacts us all, in interconnected systems of breath, tides and transevaporation.

Museum of Water is very different in every country. The Museum is a process of learning. It is made new each time in collaboration with people who live there, who co-curate the programmes and who co-create the shape of the Museum as well as the exhibits inside.


Western Australia
2016-18 saw us travelling to the vast landscapes of Western Australia. We acknowledge the Noongar people who remain the spiritual and cultural birdiyangara of this kwobidak boodjar and the Menang people, the traditional owners of the lands we were standing on. We pay our respects and give thanks for sharing their knowledges with us.

Mei Swan Lim
Jen Jamieson
Janet Carter
Irma Woods
Sandy MacKendrick
Rebecca Orchard
Gabby Howlett
Designer Zoe Atkinson
Creative Producer Sarah Rowbottam
Director Wendy Martin


From 2014-16 the Museum was resident in The Netherlands with the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. We developed an extraordinary programme looking at the fear of water as well as the pleasures of water, tracing the movement of water through our bodies, through the urban management of water, out into water law and imagined future water worlds. Visit the  for more information on our work in The Netherlands.

Curators Sanneke van Hassel & Anouk Driessen
Simone van Hulst
Mark van de Koppel
Marel Jap Sam
Eva Nobbe
Alannah Pirrit
Architect Dimitri Kruithov
Producer Jolien Sanderse Director Ellen Walraven


Between 2013-2016 Museum travelled across Britain, visiting over 30 different sites across the countries. The UK, Dutch and WA collections for Museum of Water are now complete.

Mary Osborn
Alannah Pirrit
Ella Campbell
Betty Chen
Kim Dennis
Thomas Doherty
Rosa Farber
Rebeka Gasparics
Sam Hawes
Elizabeth Howell
Amy Poole
Mahalia Taylor
Mariam Turay
Designer Lucy Carruthers
Producers Cat Harrison and Mark Godber Director Judith Knight


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