The River and Rowing Museum Celebrates Henley’s Legacy

POSTED ON June 4, 2024

Henley-on-Thames is set to celebrate over a century of sporting excellence with the launch of The Games at Henley exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum. Running from June 26 to September 15, this exhibition delves into the town’s rich Olympic history and its lasting impact on modern-day athletes.

Exhibition Highlights

The exhibition showcases an array of remarkable artifacts, including:

  • Sir Steve Redgrave’s Historic Five Gold Medals: A testament to one of the greatest rowers in history.
  • Medals from the 1908 and 1948 Games: A glimpse into the town’s storied past.
  • The 1948 Games Relay Torch: An iconic symbol of the Olympic spirit.

Inspiring Stories

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from world-famous Olympians and Paralympians. Local schoolchildren from The Langley Academy Trust conducted interviews with these athletes, providing a unique perspective on their journeys and the significance of Henley in their careers. Featured athletes include:

  • Sir Steve Redgrave CBE
  • Naomi Riches MBE
  • Vicky Thornley
  • Alan Campbell
  • James Fox MBE

Immersive Experiences

The exhibition is not just about the past but also offers an exciting look ahead to the Paris 2024 Games. Visitors can experience training like an athlete with the immersive rowing machine experience at the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium, brought to life by ImersU technology.

A Legacy of Excellence

Henley-on-Thames has a unique place in Olympic history as the only venue to have hosted rowing events twice, in 1908 and 1948. Despite changes in regulations that prevent future Olympic rowing events from being held here, the town’s legacy in the sport continues to thrive. This exhibition highlights Henley’s deep-rooted connections to the Games and its ongoing contribution to the world of rowing.

A Message from the Museum Director

“Henley is rightly known as the rowing capital of the UK, with deep-rooted connections to the Games. As we look ahead to Paris 2024, this exhibition will bring stories and objects to life, celebrating our rich heritage and inspiring future generations. It’s an opportunity to not only honour our past but also to ignite excitement for the future of rowing.”

Steven O’Connor, Director of the River and Rowing Museum
The front of the river and rowing museum in henley
The River and Rowing Museum

Visit the Exhibition

Don’t miss this chance to explore Henley’s sporting legacy and get inspired by the incredible stories of past and present Olympians. Book your tickets now on the River and Rowing Museum’s website: