Lakes Ignite comes to Wray Castle

Amy Sharrocks, Museum of Water exhibition part of Lakes Ignite 2016

As part of Lakes Ignite, a celebration of art and culture in the Lake District, Wray Castle is hosting Museum of Water, from 6 - 8 May.

This is a collection of publicly donated water and their accompanying stories, encouraging visitors to ponder the value, meaning and attributes of the precious liquid resource – water.
Museum of Water, created by artist Amy Sharrocks and presented by Brewery Arts Centre, comprises of a collection of over 700 bottles of water, each with its own remarkable story. 
There’s 129,000 year old water from the Antarctic, tears of joy, water from hidden rivers, muddy puddles and 30-year-old paintbrush water that has travelled the world. Part of the collection is presented in vintage cabinets and Museum custodians will be on hand during the exhibition to accompany visitors through the myriad of tales linked to the donations.


Your chance to add to the collection 

As part of the Museum of Water art experience for Lakes Ignite 2016, Cumbrians are being asked to contribute a brand new bottle to the collection in answer to the question “what water would you bring?”
The idea comes in the wake of the devastation caused to the county by Storm Desmond in December and is a way for people to reflect on the floods but also as a way for people to move on after the widespread damage it caused.  One bottle will then be chosen by Amy as the last UK donation to be added to the collection.
To enter the chance to contribute a Cumbrian bottle of water to the collection, email your idea for “what water would you bring?” to or enter via Twitter using #museumofwater.


Arrive by boat and drink a toast

The exhibition will be popping-up in the Wray Castle Boat House, which is rarely open for visitors, from 6 – 8 May, 10 - 6pm. What better way to arrive at the exhibition than a cruise across England’s largest lake, with Windermere Lake Cruises! You will also be able to drink to the success of this unique event in the Water Bar, serving…you’ve guessed it, water!  

Lakes Ignite 

The wider Lakes Ignite programme is taking place between 30 April – 22 May right across the Lakes with exhibitions and installations to spark the imagination and celebrate art and culture.