Sunday, 22 July 2018

Looking at women in rowing

HENLEY’S River and Rowing Museum will host the 2015 Rowing History Forum on Saturday, November

HENLEY’S River and Rowing Museum will host the 2015 Rowing History Forum on Saturday, November 21.

This year’s forum will focus on the history of women in rowing, from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Eloise Chapman, head of collections and exhibitions at the museum, says that with the recent success of female rowers at the London 2012 Olympics and world championships, and the Women’s Boat Race being held on the same course as the men’s in London for the first time, it is the ideal time to discuss the crucial role that women have played in developing the international sport of rowing. “We see the story of women in rowing as a fascinating ‘hidden history’ and one that the museum is keen to share with our visitors,” said Ms Chapman.

“Since our first exhibition on the subject in 2011, also called Rocking the Boat, we have uncovered some fascinating stories of the pioneering individuals who worked to build recognition for women’s rowing.”

Tickets for the event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, are priced £30 including lunch. Speakers include Annamarie Phelps, the chair of British Rowing.



A pre-forum dinner will take place at the museum on Friday, November 20. To book, email edbookings@rrm.co.uk or call the museum on (01491) 415600.



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