BBC One daytime television programme Bargain Hunt will feature the River & Rowing Museum in an episode later this year.
A film crew from the programme visited the Henley gallery at the museum for a segment that will include tales of Henley, rowing and regattas. Presenter Eric Knowles spoke to curator Cate Tren to find out more about the humble beginnings of the Henley Royal Regatta and the town’s long-standing history with rowing.
The gallery’s centrepiece, The Eva, a Victorian fast steam launch, was a main talking point after its regular presence at the regatta as an umpire’s launch. The Eva became part of the collection at the River & Rowing Museum in 1996 and its importance has been recognised with a place on the United Kingdom’s National Register of Historic Vessels.
Other memorabilia from the Henley Royal Regatta that the museum has on display was shown during the filming, giving viewers the chance to get up close.
Cate Tren, Curator of the River & Rowing Museum said: “It was fantastic to host Eric and the Bargain Hunt team at the museum. Eric was amazed by the array of items and the longstanding history that Henley has with rowing. We had a great morning with the filming crew and all of us at the museum are looking forward to seeing the piece when the episode airs later this year.”
A date for the episode has not yet been released but is expected to be shown within the next six months.