Chocolate Films have had the privilege to work with the River and Rowing Museum over the last few months and two very exciting films. RRM and their Youth Squad of future Olympic rowers have been looking at the history and heritage of rowing and the Olympic games. Yesterday, we headed to the Museum in Henley-on-Thames for the grand unveiling of 5 months of hard work and great fun, and we all left very proud of the young people.
Choosing to focus on the kit and equipment used by rowers through the ages, with help from the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Youth Squad have made two documentaries about the past, present and future of rowing. ‘The Rowed to Rio’ follows the selection day for the Rio Olympics, as follow the rowers into the water, find out what kicks off their competitive spirit and how they like to relax on days off (spoiler: it involves alcohol). ‘A Race Through Time’ takes us right back to the first Olympic Games to present day and the Paralympics, with help of Charlotte and Kirsty from the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in Reading. Artefacts and stories are shared by the team, as we learn about the rather odd habits of Ancient Greek Athletes that involve oil. Pay close attention to the films, because a fun quiz follows; how many boat parts can you name in 20 seconds?
The films are now on show in ‘Designing the Olympics’ in The Rowing Gallery.
Why not combine your visit with a little bit of sport?
The Henley Games, Thursday 18 August, 10.30am-4pm, River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BF
To celebrate the Rio Olympics the River & Rowing Museum is hosting The Henley Games. The whole family can try a range of different sports and activities on land and on water, led by sports clubs from Henley including cricket, golf and Zumba! Try canoeing with Henley Canoe Hire and watch kayaking demonstrations at timed intervals during the day. The activities will be suitable for all ages and abilities and accessible to all.
Free with admission and your ticket lasts for 12 months.
This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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