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Water Quest Day 1 – Pop Up Museum and Bottle Boat

What a day we day on the first of four water-themed days of school holiday activities!

Across all four days of Water Quest we will be building a boat from plastic bottles – lots of them!

Some of the bottles were kindly donated by people coming aboard the Caddis boat at Kirkstall Art Trail and also from staff at AECOM‘s Leeds Office but most of the over 500 2 litre plastic pop bottles were donated via Leeds City Council’s Chief Waste Officer, Susan Upton (Follow @LeedsWasteDocs and @WastelessSusan). Susan’s team were incredibly helpful and the recycling team led by Daiva Jankeviciene at H W Martin Waste Ltd separated out of the recycling stream the bottles we need for our boat. We could not have asked for more wonderful service- so thanks!



We will be blogging more about plastic waste in waterbodies and our bottle boat in a later blog post.

Our super Water Quest Crew got to work making the boat today led by our friends from Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh Award, Heidi and Steve.

This involved lots of…


hard work


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fun and making new friends.


Today was also the day we built our POP UP MUSEUM IN A DAY!

In this session, led by Playful Anywhere’s favourite local maker Alison Booth, the Water Quest Crew got creative.

DSC_1019We borrowed some items from Artemis at Artforms Leeds – an incredible service that loans museum-type items to educational organisations and school – and took inspiration from taxidermy of animals living in and around watercourses, models and artwork. We were also joined by Chris Sharp from Leeds City Council Museums and Galleries Service who brought along some interesting items about the River Aire in Leeds and helped us to think about how you put a museum display together.



Chris is currently collating stories and items for an upcoming exhibition about the Boxing Day 2015 Floods in Leeds and we hope the Water Quest crew passed on some useful ideas for the exhibition.

Our museum involved lots of…

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making – we had some amazing stop motion animation creations too, which we will be uploading very soon.

Finally, sharing…

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We were really proud of our museum at the end and of all the work we completed on the boat today – all in the playful spirit of friendship.

Thanks to our fantastic hosts TCV Hollybush, especially Holly, who made us lovely lunches (the flapjack was a highlight in our feedback).

Tomorrow more boat building and Water Science with a tech twist with Ross Dalziel. Can’t wait…

Water Quest is kindly funded by Leeds City Council via Inner West Community Committee’s Youth Activity Fund.

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