River and Rowing Museum Henley on Thames

About Knowing Rowing

The Knowing Rowing project aimed to excite and inspire junior rowers about the history, heritage, ethos and values of the sport.

Through this programme, the Museum worked in partnership with schools and clubs across the country to inspire young rowers, and particularly, excite more interest in the history and heritage of the sport, including the River & Rowing Museum. The programme was supported by Paul Roy and South Oxfordshire District Council.



  • To use the Olympic Games to inspire and excite young people about the heritage of rowing and the Museum.
  • To provide a complementary and essential guide for young people learning to row to aid the understanding of key aspects of boat design and technique.
  • To give clubs and schools the opportunity to take more ownership of the River & Rowing Museum: the extensive collection and beyond.



The programme provided a variety of workshops allowing students to develop knowledge of the technical transformations in rowing as well as encouraging them to discover the personal stories of rowers from interviews with some of the Olympic athletes of London 2012 to the day by day diary of the 1999 St Edwards School crew as they competed at Henley Royal Regatta. Young people were asked to share their ideas and stories through social media also partaking in film making and kit design competitions. Overall the programme allowed participants to gain a comprehensive insight to the sport of rowing.