Museum’s Henley Regatta History Featured on BBC’s Bargain Hunt

The River & Rowing Museum featured on BBC’s Bargain Hunt programme last Monday.

The programme saw Bargain hunters go to an event in Ardingly in West Sussex with the challenge of buying 3 items including one over £75 and one that was childhood and one that was a culinary item with a £300 budget.  The items were taken to auction to sell at nearby Bourne End.

Filmed in April, Presenter Eric Knowles spoke to River & Rowing Museum 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 programme was filmed in the Henley Gallery with Cate talking about the history of the boat race and Henley Regatta and how it became the Royal Regatta after Prince Albert visited in 1851.  Cate showed Eric old programmes including one from the Peace Regatta in 1919 and a medal from the same year.

The Henley 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. Eric asked Cate, how the Regatta had changed over the years with Cate replying “The boats have changed a lot, the technology has vastly improved but on the whole it is a very similar event, a Victorian visitor would very much recognise it, in terms the socialising and the pomp and circumstance of the event.”

Steve O’Connor Director at the River & Rowing Museum said, “It was wonderful to have the team from Bargain Hunt at the Museum to spend some time viewing the collection with our Curator, Cate.  The crew were all a joy and it was great to see the Museum at its best on the BBC.”

You can watch the episode at



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