Henley River and Rowing Museum

Henley River and Rowing Museum


Henley River and Rowing Museum provides a unique tribute to the international sport of rowing, the riverside town of Henley-on-Thames and the life of the River Thames from source to sea. It has won both The Royal Fine Arts Commission Building of the Year and The National Heritage NPI Museum of the Year awards.

The Brief 

The lighting designers were asked to create thematically appropriate lighting for The Rowing Gallery, an extraordinary space with a vaulted ceiling, containing historic boats, a dazzling display of medals and other memorabilia. The lighting design had to be in tune with the award-winning architectural form of this stunning setting. On a practical level,  Multiload had to meet a number of challenges including the need for extended lamp-life, long cable runs and dimming control that would be easy for museum staff to operate.

The Solution 

It was decided that VoltMaster would be appropriate for the bigger groups of mono points on the display cases and exhibition walls. It would also provide an appropriate solution for the lights in the structural ribs of The Rowing Gallery, where there were a variable number of heads at least six metres from the transformers. It was also necessary to set the brightness levels on these, as there wasn’t the budget for a full dimming system. VoltMaster performed perfectly under these difficult conditions.

We have used VoltMaster on many occasions before and its unique performance makes it ideal for use in prestigious jobs such as this, where quality of light, extended lamp-life and minimised maintenance are pre-requisites

Kevan Shaw, Kevan Shaw Lighting Design