Immerse Yourself in Nature, Art and Local History at the Museum This Spring

The River & Rowing Museum continues to expand on its Adult Events Programme with creative workshops, fascinating historical lectures and talks.  The stunning location and light, spacious galleries at the Museum encourage a sense of wellbeing and calm. Learn something new or reignite a passion and meet people in your local community who share your interests.

Spotlight Talk: The Boat Race Letter
Tues 24 Mar 2.30 – 3.00pm

Join our Curator to find out about the 1829 Boat Race letter, one of the most important letter correspondences in the history of rowing. The letter marks the foundation of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, recognised globally as one of the fiercest rivalries in sport.

Free with admission, booking essential.

Gertrude Hermes: Black and White Boutis
Sat 4 Apr 10.30am – 3.30pm

Create a block-printed panel on fabric inspired by Gertrude Hermes’ work and embellish your design with a ‘boutis’ style quilting technique. Suitable for beginners with experience of hand stitching. With artist Camilla Shelley.


Down the River and Through the Woods: Wood Engravers and the Chiltern Countryside
Thurs 23 Apr 11.30am – 12.30pm

This illustrated talk to complement the Gertrude Hermes exhibition will highlight other contemporary artists working in the wood engraving medium, many of whom had strong links with the Chiltern countryside. Dr Graham Twemlow will explore wood engravings and prints of artists such as John Nash, Clare Leighton, Agnes Miller Parker and Eric Gill.


Wharfs, wheelhouses and watermen: The history of Hobbs of Henley
Thurs 21 May

6 – 7pm Boat trip with Hobbs (Including complimentary Mr Hobbs Gin and tonic, or soft drink)
7 – 8pm Talk at the Museum

Join us to hear the fascinating history of Hobbs of Henley at the launch of a new book by Dr Simon Wenham, written to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Hear how this 17th century family from Hambleden became integral to the fabric of the regatta town.

£15 combined ticket

Become a Friend of the Museum in 2020
Being a Friend isn’t a big thing, it’s lots of little things. It’s really engaging with the Museum you love, with our community by the river to inspire you. Re-igniting your creativity and passion. Nurturing yourself and focussing on your wellbeing.

Whether you’re an art lover, history buff, have a deep connection with Henley or the majestic Thames, by becoming a Friend, you will enjoy some fantastic benefits, such as free admission and a range of discounts, including 10% discount on all adult workshops.

Sign up today to secure your place at the River & Rowing Museum’s exclusive Friends event 4-6pm on 10 March. 


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