River and Rowing Museum Henley on Thames

The Thomas Keller Library and Resource Centre provides facilities for researchers wanting to find out more about the Museum’s main themes.

The Thomas Keller Library was sponsored by the Keller family to support the River & Rowing Museum as a reference collection, offering research facilities and access to the most comprehensive collection of rowing books and reference material in the world. It also contains extensive archive and reference material on the River Thames and the town of Henley on Thames and it’s environs.

The library is also available for researchers to view objects from the Museum’s collection by appointment. The collection can be searched online including reference and archive material. As we will often need to remove items from storage to be viewed, it helps to have a clear idea of what you would like to see before contacting a curator.

Library Collections

  • The Chris Dodd book collection was put together over a period of thirty years by the journalist and author during his time as rowing correspondent of the Guardian, editor of Regatta magazine and co-founder of the River & Rowing Museum.
  • The Rowing Collection covers all areas of the sport of rowing from professional rowing and watermen to the royal regatta and university boat race.
  • The John Piper research archive of reference material was established by the Museum due to its long association with the artist’s work. This archive includes catalogues from many of his exhibitions, biographical material and a library of books showing his work as a photographer and illustrator.
  • The Thames Collection includes many books from the Thames Conservancy’s library. They cover a range of subjects including the environment, geography and management of the Thames, as well as the River’s use for leisure and as an inspiration to artists.
  • The Henley Collection includes a number of books relating to the history and development of the town of Henley and the local area.

Vistor Information

Please telephone or email in advance to arrange a convenient time to visit the library. This will enable staff to ensure that the material you require is available.

Telephone: 01491 415600

Email: curatorial@rrm.co.uk

The books are for reference only and may not be removed from the library.