Port Henley – Beer, Brewing and Barges
- New exhibition unveils scandals and famous faces of Henley’s thousand-year-old history -
1 March 2011: Port Henley, a revealing new exhibition that provides vivid glimpses into Henley’s history as a trading town spanning 1,000 years will take place at the River & Rowing Museum from 12 March until 10 July, including during Henley Royal Regatta week.
Making your own beer with Loddon Brewery is just one of many exciting activities on offer at this exhibition that starts in the Museum but encompasses the whole town through self-guided walking tours. Henley was once one of the most significant ports in Britain after London, providing a third of London’s grain. With success and wealth came scandal, intrigue and plotting. Against this backdrop, trade flourished with London and the wider world. Now’s your chance to explore the real Henley and uncover a few mysteries along the way. This exhibition is a must for all Henley residents!
- A self-led walking tour of Henley brings to life the iconic places that captured the imaginations of Britain’s best-loved writers such as Daniel Defoe
- Make your own beer and learn about home brewing in Henley and the town’s long-established malting and brewing industries
- Learn about how luxuries such as silk and commodities such as timber were transported by river and road as ‘Floating Freight,’ both to London and the wider world
- Try your hand at calculating at a reckoning table and loading a model boat
- Discover the key people and places in Henley throughout the years – from the Reeve of Cuxham Manor to the famous malthouses
- ‘Webbs Wharf’ tells the unique story of benevolent coal trader Robert Webb, who built a reading room for his 55 workers and ran an annual garden show
- Learn about how the last cooper at Brakspears made barrels
- Gold angel coin on loan from the Ashmolean
- Hear the songs of the bargemen
Paul Mainds, Trustee and Chief Executive, River & Rowing Museum said: “We are delighted to present Port Henley, which delves into Henley’s rich history and looks at life in a trading town from 1100 to the present day. Henley was one of the most significant ports in Great Britain and is exceptionally placed between London and Oxford. The residents of Henley are extremely proud of the heritage of the town and its unique relationship with the Thames.”
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Notes to Editors
The River & Rowing Museum (rrm.co.uk )
The River & Rowing Museum, an independent charity, is one of the UK's leading regional and sporting Museums, attracting over 100,000 visitors a year. The Museum also has a purpose built education centre visited by over 20,000 children and adults a year. The Museum provides superb value for money. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children and provide free access for one year. The Museum celebrates four themes explored through a wide variety of exhibitions and events across four galleries and special exhibitions:
Since opening in August 1998 the Museum has received numerous awards including the National Heritage/NPI Museum of the Year award, the Sandford Award For Heritage Education and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
- The past, present and future of the River Thames
- The historic riverside community of Henley on Thames
- The international sport of Rowing
- The Wind in the Willows
Location, opening and ticket information
The River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF. Tel. 01491 415600.
The River & Rowing Museum is part of the Thames Valley Museums Group (TVMG) Family Friendly initiative - a scheme that brings together 29 Museums across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to promote their popular appeal to the whole family.
- The Museum, terrace café and shop are open every day from 10am - 5.30pm in summer and 10am - 5pm in the winter
- Tickets give FREE admission for a whole year!
- Admission is just £8 for adults, £6 for children aged four and over, FREE for children aged three and under and £6 for senior citizens and concessions
- Free parking for visitors
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