The Steamboat Association
of Great Britain

to foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery

to stimulate public interest
in steam boats
and steam boating

to promote high standards
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safety and seamanship


  • 24 Oct 2019
  • 19:00 - 20:00
  • Henley Rowing and River Museum

By courtesy of The Consuta Trust 

with Lottery Funding

A Talk entitled

The Rise and Fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames

with Dr Simon Wenham

historian and tutor at Oxford University‘s Department for 

Continuing Education

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. 

Thursday 24th October at 1900hrs to 2000hrs

Cost £7.00 per person

Booking through the Museum

01491 415600 or online form here

Henley Rowing and River Museum 

Mill Meadows

Henley on Thames 



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