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Project information

Just Add H2O

To create a world class educational resource focusing on educating school children and the general public about the key issues facing our seas and oceans.

September 2010 - September 2013

Charity information: National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium logo
  • Need


    The UK's coastal waters are under immense pressure from competing uses such as over-fishing, agregate extraction, renewable technologies, nutrient input, recreational use, shipping etc. The general public need to be fully informed about these issues in order to make lifestyle choices to minimise their impact on the oceans.


    By educating primary, secondary and tertiary level students about the issues surrounding sustainable use of the oceans we can influence individual behaviour as well as policy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate 50,000 school children per year about the marine environment.


    » By producing a wide range of in-house, outreach and web based education programmes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...increasing our education numbers from the current 30,000 per year to 50,000 over three years.

    Aim 2

    To educate the general public about the issues facing marine conservation.


    » By developing an inclusive range of talks, seminars and educational materials.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...by monitoring opinion and engaging with our visitors and the public in general.

    Aim 3

    The promote Learning Outside the Classroom.


    » By becoming an advocate for LOTC.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...other learning providers engaging with LOTC and teachers asking for the service.

  • Impact


    The long term effects of our project will be an increased awareness in the general public of the issues surrounding marine conservation. We shall also see the National Marine Aquarium recognised as a leading education provider.


    A lack of commitment from schools in educational trips and a reduction in funding available for these trips.
    We have mittigated these risks by forming strategic partnerships with local trust schools and the LEA.


    We shall produce quarterly reports for all donors detailing progress against defined KPI's.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Furniture Tables, chairs, lockers, bookshelves, bench seating etc.
      £22,000 Website Design,build, hosting, content development, etc
      £20,000 Accoustic Barriers Acoustic segragation of open spaces.
      £9,000 Accessibility equipment Sound Field, SEN tables, Whiteboard, etc.
      £24,000 Teaching Equipment Wet benches, microscopes, holding tanks, etc
      £25,000 IT Equipment Wireless network, netbooks, docking trolley, video editing PC, etc.
      £20,000 Staffing and development Staff contribution.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Wolfson Foundation £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is located within the National Marine Aquarium which is located on the Historic Barbican in Plymouth.


    The primary beneficiaries will be school children from Key Stage 1 through 4 living in the Greater Southwest region of England but the outreach elements of the project will be open to schools nationally.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The National Marine Aquarium was the first Aquarium set up in the UK as an independent charity with the aims and objectives of carrying out marine conservation and education. It is an internationally recognised authority in this field and as a founder member of the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership the National Marine Aquarium has the links and partnerships in place to make the project work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr David Gibson

    Managing Director of the National Marine Aquarium with over 18 years experience in running public aquariums in the UK

    Paul Cox

    Head of Science and Education at the National Marine Aquarium. Paul is very highly regarded in his field.

    Wendy Purcell

    Vice Chancellor of the University if Plymouth and Trustee of the National Marine Aquarium

    Bronwen Lacey

    Director of Child Services at Plymouth City Council and Trustee of the National Marine Aquarium