RRM Event: The World’s Oldest Boat Race

16 February 2019

Here is a reminder not to miss a great event at River and Rowing Museum on Saturday, 23 February, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – the showing of a new film from the Thames Festival Trust, The World’s Oldest Boat Race, about the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge.

The museum’s website says that the event includes:

An introduction to the history of the [Doggett’s] race exploring the Museum’s collection on display and the chance to see objects from the RRM archives.

The story of the project bringing this tradition to life through oral history, photographs and one hundred years of archive material made publicly accessible for the first time.

RRM website continues to state:

Journey back to a time when rowing was the domain of the Wherrymen (the water-taxi drivers of their day), who raced for high-stake wagers, drawing crowds of thousands along the banks of the Thames. Hear about Thomas Doggett and the young river apprentices who competed to win his prestigious red coat and badge, and still do so today.

Tickets are £10. To book a ticket, please call 01491 415600 or go online.

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