Gloriana’s Olympic Torch Relay Cauldron Donated to Museum


Yesterday the Olympic 2012 torch relay cauldron which carried the Olympic flame on the final day of the torch relay aboard the Queen’s rowbarge the Gloriana was donated to the River and Rowing Museum by LOCOG as part of the Games’ legacy.  Sir Matthew Pinsent who is the Honorary Vice President of the museum accepted it on behalf of the museum.

Bill Morris, ex Director of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at LOCOG said, “This a wonderful  museum – its elegance combines celebration with education and it tells stories so beautifully.  The cauldron will be an inspiration for a generation to come.”

Prior to the presentation of the cauldron the beautiful Royal Barge, Gloriana was rowed along the river to the museum jetty by a crew which included Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger.  Sir Matthew said, “Lord Sterling said we should do something special for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and what a special something she is, she will be provide a lasting legacy for decades to come.”

The cauldron is part of a new exhibition in the River Gallery at the museum entitled Glorious Thames, which tells the story of the Gloriana.

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