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February 2020

‘A Gentle Wildness’: the Natural World of Gertrude Hermes

27th February 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Gertrude Hermes: Birds © The Estate of Gertrude Hermes © The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Gertrude Hermes OBE (1901-1983) was one of the most exciting and innovative wood engravers of the 20th century. This talk will demonstrate her enduring fascination with nature - from water, whales and fish to trees and flowers. With examples drawn from her sketchbooks, prints and sculpture, it will focus on her training and technique, as well as highlighting literary and personal influences on her…

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March 2020

Spotlight Talk: The Boat Race Letter

24th March 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Boat Race Letter

Join our Curator to find out about the 1829 Boat Race letter, written by Charles Wordsworth of Oxford University to Charles Merivale of Cambridge University. The letter marks the foundation of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, recognised globally as one of the fiercest rivalries in sport. This exciting new acquisition is one of the most important letter correspondences in the history of rowing and was almost lost to history! Free with admission Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill…

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April 2020

Down the River and Through the Woods: wood engravers and the Chiltern countryside

23rd April 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Locally based design and decorative arts historian Dr Graham Twemlow has given many talks at the River & Rowing Museum, and at venues such as the Ashmolean Museum, Christie’s South Kensington, and the Royal Society of Arts, London This illustrated talk to complement the Gertrude Hermes’ exhibition will highlight the work of other contemporary artists working in the wood engraving medium, many of whom had strong links with the Chiltern countryside. The talk will explore the wood engravings and prints…

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May 2020

Wharfs, wheelhouses and watermen: the history of Hobbs of Henley

21st May 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6 – 7pm Boat trip with Hobbs (Including complimentary Mr Hobbs Gin and tonic, or soft drink) 7 – 8pm Talk at the Museum This talk explores the history of Hobbs of Henley, one of the best-known boating businesses on the Thames. It marks the launch of a new book by Dr Simon Wenham, written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the firm. Hear how a 17th century family from Hambleden became not only notable pillars of the establishment in…

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