Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Museum celebrates after joining top 50

THE River and Rowing Museum in Henley has been named one of the top 50 museums in the world.

THE River and Rowing Museum in Henley has been named one of the top 50 museums in the world.

A list compiled for The Times by a panel of judges, including celebrity historians Dan Snow and Mary Beard, ranked the museum in 48th place.

The museum, which opened in Mill Meadows 15 years ago, was one of only four independently funded museums in the country on the list.

Last year, the museum’s programme of exhibitions centred on the London Olympics for which it received national and international recognition.

The number of visitors was 117,000, a six per cent rise on the previous year and a new record.

Paul Mainds, chief executive of the museum, said: “It’s amazing for us, after only 15 years, to be ranked alongside such a high calibre of international museums and I am sure that all of Henley will take pride in this.

“This has only been possible through the enthusiasm and generosity of our trustees and supporters and we are very grateful.”

Later this month, the museum will open an exhibition that brings together the unique objects and artworks from the historic tradition of swan upping.

A promotion for Henley residents will be announced in next week’s Henley Standard.

The list also featured the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London while the top spot went to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

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