Thursday, 19 September 2019

Record number of visitors to museum

A RECORD number of people visited the River and Rowing Museum in Henley last year.

A RECORD number of people visited the River and Rowing Museum in Henley last year.

More than 117,000 went to the museum in Mill Meadows in the 12 months to the end of March, a six per cent rise on the previous year.

Paul Mainds, the museum’s chief executive, said part of the success was down to interest in the London Olympics.

He said: “The increase reflects a number of factors, including the positive effect of extraordinary weather in the early summer last year, the Olympics, our very special exhibitions and, of course, our marketing initiatives.”

Mr Mainds was particularly pleased to pass the 100,000 mark for visitors despite what he called a “disastrous” end to the year, marked by the felling of seven rotting poplar trees in front of the museum, flooding in Mill Meadows and sub-zero temperatures.

The museum held three exhibitions, including The Perfect Rower, which contrasted the athletes at the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics with those who competed at last year’s Games.

In June, the museum was asked to represent Oxfordshire at the Queen’s diamond jubilee garden party and also helped to organise the Olympic torch relay.

Mr Mainds said the museum’s education work remained a priority with a record number of almost 22,000 users of the Arbib Education Centre.

The development of the museum’s new River Gallery has continued with the opening of the new Drink display supported by Thames Water.

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