International Rowing Gallery

The River & Rowing Museum is excited to announce the opening of a significant new display in its International Rowing Gallery in recognition of the incredible impact women have had on British rowing in recent years.

The new display celebrates the inspirational story of British women’s rowing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games from Sydney 2000 through to Tokyo 2020. Fascinating personal stories illustrate the many pathways which have brought women to rowing at elite level and on to successes in the Olympics and Paralympics, providing role models for a new generation of rowers and bringing the display to life.

See the renowned ‘Unbeaten Boat’

This unique installation tells the untold story of the iconic ‘Unbeaten Boat.’ The 2012 racing hull took Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to the 2016 Olympics without losing a race. British Rowing has generously loaned the boat to the Museum and the display recounts the ecstatic moment at the London Olympics when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the first GB Gold Medal of the 2012 Games.

Experience the history of rowing from the ancient Greeks to the modern Olympic Games. See boats of all shapes and sizes in this awe-inspiring space.

Things to do…

  • See if you can Row Together
  • Take a seat in a Greek Trireme
  • Try out your technique on our indoor rower
  • Check out the size of Sir Matthew Pinsent’s shoes in the 2000 Olympic boat!

Things to see…

  • The boat Sir Steve Redgrave won his fifth Olympic gold medal in at the Sydney Games
  • Olympic torches and gold medals
  • The boat that won the first Boat Race
  • The exciting story of Extreme Rowing, with amazing film footage
  • The ‘Unbeaten Boat’

2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the first television transmission of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. To mark the anniversary, we have a special temporary exhibition in the Rowing Gallery celebrating the story of the BBC’s coverage of this iconic rowing event and exploring how this British institution has been popularised by pioneering coverage from the BBC.