The Community Gallery

Our Community Gallery offers local groups an opportunity to showcase their work. Located on the first floor of the Museum, it’s a spacious and flexible gallery overlooking the River Thames.

To find out how you can get involved, please contact our Curatorial Team:

Previous Exhibitions

A group picnic in Henley on Thames, c. 1890

An Earthly Paradise: The Ripple Effect
16 February – 21 July 2019

This exhibition explored how people experienced the River Thames in William Morris’ day and discover rarely seen items from the Museum’s River Collection.

For thousands of years the Thames was a working waterway. In the 19th Century this changed forever when it became a pleasure ground for activities such as boating, angling and picnicking. Works were on display, created by community groups in response to the designs, themes and writings which were featured in our concurrent William Morris exhibition.

Community Groups

Since the Community Gallery opened in summer 2017, we have worked with a diverse range of local community groups, from the Sikh Community, celebrating diversity by exploring the traditions surrounding Sikh Weddings, to The Thames Path Together Community Art Project to yarn-bomb our gallery with colourful crochet and knitted creations including rowers, boats and even a giant Mr. Toad! More recently, we have paid tribute to the contributions of the British Armed Forces through the Lest We Forget: Rowers of Henley & the Thames Valley and the 100 Faces of Benson: Celebrating RAF100 exhibitions. Explore the image gallery below to see some of the highlights of the Community Gallery.

We look forward to working with many more talented local groups in the future.