|Loaned print of Maidenhead Bridge|
The Curatorial Department took a visit to the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames yesterday. What has a museum like this got to do with the Great Western Railway? More than you think!
|Picnic basket, truncheon and other |
The exhibition, Escaping the City - The Victorian on the Thames, borrowed objects and archive material from the collection at STEAM to help illustrate the railway's involvement in tourism on the Thames. It was great to see our objects in a different environment! Some of the items on show were a GWR picnic basket and tea pot. These would have been purchased at one of the major stations, like Paddington, and filled with lots of goodies to keep day trippers happy as they lounged on the banks of the Thames, or took a ride on a river boat. We also loaned a GWR Policeman's truncheon. The railway police had a presence at the Henley Regatta and ensured people got to and from the station without incident.
The Curatorial Department had a great time at the River and Rowing Museum and enjoyed seeing STEAM's objects displayed in such a fascinating exhibition. Escaping the City closes on Monday 2nd May 2011.
River and Rowing Museum website - www.rrm.co.uk
|Escaping the City exhibition|
|Collections Officer, Elaine, by the Sydney |
Olympic's winning GB coxless four boat