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The Perfect Rower – 100 years of racing for glory

Find out what made the perfect rower in the previous London Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948 and what it takes to become an Olympic champion in 2012.

This exhibition explores the training, nutrition and equipment of rowers in the three London Olympic Games and the vast changes that have occurred over the last century. Discover the stories of past Olympic champions through their personal recollections and objects.  The exhibition includes the bronze statue of Athena, awarded to winning eights at the Olympics from 1908 until 1920, which is on display in Britain for the first time in over 100 years. Visitors will also be able to see William Kinnear’s gold medal from 1912, one of the last solid gold Olympic medals awarded, and Richard Burnell’s gold medal from 1948. Also on display is the second fastest single scull in history belonging to current team GB sculler Alan Campbell.

Kirkham Gallery

31 March – 30 September 2012