Must-see exhibition at River & Rowing Museum

The Henley-on-Thames-based River & Rowing Museum is to stage a unique exhibition, celebrating the past and present triumphs of rowing in the UK.

‘The Perfect Rower – 100 years of racing for glory’ explores the gruelling training, strict nutrition and cutting edge equipment that modern Olympians use in their quest for gold-medal triumphs.


Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the training regimes of past rowers competing at the previous two London Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948, in a fascinating exhibition that charts the vast changes that have occurred in the sport over the past century.

The River & Rowing Museum already hosts the famous boat that carried Sir Steve Redgrave to his historic fifth Olympic gold medal, but the new exhibition is also set to include:

  • Tom Aggar’s gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games,
  • The gold medals of 1948 rowing duo Burnell and Bushnell, who upset the odds to become Olympic champions,
  • The 1912 gold medal awarded to William Kinnear in the Single Scull in Stockholm,
  • Fascinating items from the 1908 Olympics, including an illuminated oar awarded to the victorious British eight,
  • A catalogue of memories from those who attended the 1948 Olympic Regatta in Henley, where Great Britain’s Richard Burnell took gold,
  • A detailed insight into the changing dietary habits of a champion rower.

‘The Perfect Rower – 100 years of racing for glory’ will run from 31st March – 30th September 2012.

The River & Rowing Museum will also play host to two weeks of free, daily Easter egg hunts – allowing children to scour the museum looking for clues, with tasty prizes on offer.

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