Immerse yourself in creativity and history at the River & Rowing Museum this autumn

When was the last time you did something just for you? Learnt something new? Created something new? At the River & Rowing Museum, we’re offering you the opportunity to have some ‘me time’, to relax, take stock and be inspired by the charming surroundings of the Museum. Our stunning location and light, spacious galleries encourage a sense of wellbeing and calm. But we’re also expanding our Adult Events Programme with creative workshops, fascinating historical lectures and talks. Learn something new, expand your horizons and meet people in your local community who share your interests.

Adult Event Listings: Lectures

The Rise and Fall of Pleasure boating on the Thames
Thurs 24 Oct
7– 8pm

The Victorian period is often described as the ‘golden age of the Thames’. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river’s history are misleading. With Dr Simon Wenham, historian and tutor at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.
Booking essential call 01491 415600 or click here.


Evacuees at Oxford Station

Children and War: Experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire
Mon 4 Nov
11.30am – 12.30pm

Thousands of evacuees found refuge in Oxfordshire during the Second World War and became part of local homes and schools. This talk by Liz Wooley, a local historian, examines how the lives of Oxfordshire children – those born in the county and those evacuated here – were affected.
Booking Essential – call 01491 415600 or click here


Adult Event Listings: Creative Workshop

Mixed media painting workshop
Sun 20 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm

The riverside landscape and our display ‘Stones and Bones’ of John Piper’s drawings, collages and photographs will form the starting point for experimental works on paper. Learn how to combine drawing from observation with mark-making, block printing and mixed media to create a series of small expressive landscapes.
Booking essential call 01491 415600 or click here