THE history of women’s rowing will be the subject of this year’s Rowing History Forum to
THE history of women’s rowing will be the subject of this year’s Rowing History Forum to be held at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley later this month.
The speakers will include Annamarie Phelps, who chairs British Rowing, Mike Sweeney, president of Henley Royal Regatta, rowing historian Thomas E Weil and author Peter Mallory.
Miriam Batten, an Olympic rowing medallist who chairs Henley Women’s Regatta, will compÃ¨re the event.
Eloise Chapman, head of collections and exhibitions at the museum, said that after the success of female rowers at London 2012 and the Women’s Boat Race being held on the same course as the men’s in London for the first time, it was the ideal time to discuss the crucial role of women in the sport.
She said: “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. Since our first exhibition on the subject in 2011, called Rocking the Boat, we have uncovered some fascinating stories of the pioneering individuals who worked to build recognition for women’s rowing.”
The forum will take place on Saturday, November 21 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost £30, which includes lunch, and are available from the museum.