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'Professors of Rowing’: the first Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races
Thu 6 April 2017, 18:00 – 19:00 BST
Talk by local historian and author, Mark Davies, covering the early history of the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat races.
When Cambridge issued the first challenge in 1829, competitive rowing in Oxford had been a low-key affair, undertaken by only a handful of colleges since the first known inter-college race in 1815. Little changed until a seven-man Oxford crew won an unlikely victory against a Cambridge ‘eight’ in 1843. In between, an improbable alliance of Town & Gown had seen Thames’ watermen and boatbuilders – some immortalised in fiction – crucially equipping and training the early Oxford crews.
Doors open from 5.30pm.