The Worlds Oldest Boat Race- Totally Thames
The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is the world’s oldest continually competed sporting event started in 1715. This incredible rowing race is competed in every year by apprentice river workers on the Thames. This year, Totally Thames will delve into this tradition passed down through generations of Thames watermen, hosting the race itself on Tuesday 4 September, and exploring its rich heritage in a series of outdoor exhibitions.
Using recorded oral histories, photographic portraits by Hydar Dewachi, and 100 years of archive material made publicly accessible for the first time, The World’s Oldest Boat Race brings to life this hidden history at the heart of London. It encompasses stories of family pride and family rivalry, and the passion that kept Doggett’s race alive through two World Wars, a schism between ‘gentlemen amateur’ and ‘professional’ rowers, the decline of the docks and a fast-changing capital.
Guildhall Yard, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
Sat 8 Sep 2018 to Mon 24 Sep 2018