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The Rise and Fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames

24th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Victorian period is often described as the ‘golden age of the Thames’, as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure. It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and ‘three men in a boat’. 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.


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24th October 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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