Introducing you to the Collection

During the temporary closure of the Museum, the curatorial team are sharing exciting stories and insights linked to their online collection via social media. Natalie Patel, Head Curator at the Museum says: “We’re mindful of the fact that everyone is desperate for some escapism, so we’ll also be sharing some incredibly beautiful objects, photographs and paintings, bringing the river and nature to you – the outside in. So follow us @river_rowing and look for #allinthesameboat.”

Tea with the Curator

The curatorial team will be highlighting some of their favourite objects from the collection in a series of videos, called Tea with the Curator. Click on the image below to watch the second in the series about ‘Flierefluiter’, one of the showpieces on display at the Museum.

Why not settle down with a cup of tea and escape for a few minutes as Katherine Robson, Assistant Curator at the Museum, takes you back to the ‘Golden Age of the Thames’ in the 19th century. You can also view the picture as part of our online collection.

‘Flierefluiter’ is a traditional sailing skiff made of mahogany on an oak frame, built by Hart & Co. of Surbiton in south-west London in about 1909, we think. She would have been a giant on the Thames, measuring over 25 feet long and over 4 feet wide. In her early years she was owned by a group called ‘The Hoop’, before being taken to Holland in the 1940s where she was raced with a sail in Amsterdam. But the Dutch name of the boat does make us think that she was a leisure boat too – ’Flierefluiter’ actually means “carefree bachelor”!

The Collection

The River & Rowing Museum holds over 20,000 items covering the international sport of rowing, the history of Henley on Thames, the story of the River Thames, the children’s book The Wind in the Willows and the Modern British artist John Piper. This includes objects, books, ephemera, archival material, artworks and photographs.

You can explore the Museum’s objects on our online collection page. If you would like a quick look at some of the objects then take one of our highlights tours. If you would like to explore more of the collection then click on one of the subject areas where you can browse by groups of objects. If you know what you are looking for then go straight to keyword search or advanced search.

Please note: The River & Rowing Museum is working on a multi-year Collections Management programme to improve and review our collections documentation and stores. This is to enable us to address a number of pressing issues. In light of this, please be aware that it may take us some time to get back to you. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.