British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

Annual Rowing History Forum

Rocking the Boat: Women in Rowing

Saturday 21 November 10am - 4pm

Discover the hidden history of women’s rowing in this year’s Rowing History Forum. The general theme of the forum is Women Come of Age in Rowing in the year when Oxford and Cambridge’s Women’s Boat Race took to the Tideway alongside the men, and rowing faces the challenge of the International Olympic
Committee’s aim of gender equality by 2020.

Keynote speakers:

  • Annamarie Phelps, Chair of British Rowing, will speak on Women’s Rowing – From Assisted Drifting to Driving Force
  • Thomas E Weil, rowing historian, will unveil the Forgotten 19th Century Trailblazers of Women’s Rowing.
  • Mike Sweeney, Chairman of Henley Royal Regatta from 1993 – 2015. Mike’s talk will be on the theme Henley Royal Regatta never changes!
  • After his quarter of a century in the chair overseeing more events for women, electing more female Stewards and introducing the Royal regatta to the world of YouTube, Peter Mallory, author of ‘The Sport of Rowing’, will examine Early Women’s Rowing on the American Frontier, touching on the impact of the Pocock boat-building family’s move from Eton to Seattle.

Miriam Batten, chair of Henley Women’s Regatta and Olympic medal winning rower, will compere the event. £30 including lunch

To book: email or call 01491 415600 River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames RG9 1BF