Letter: Rowing show

Sir: Jonathan Glancey is quite right to describe David Chipperfield's building for the River and Rowing Museum at Henley as "a minor masterpiece" ("Oar house", 14 February).

He is quite wrong to suggest that the architect should automatically be given the job of creating the interior displays in order to "put the finishing touches" to his designs. A major new national exhibition is much more than the elegant appendage to a building.

A highly experienced team has been appointed by the trustees to create the museum's interpretative displays. As one of its members, we will be balancing the demands of the (magnificent) structure with the requirements of the collection and the legitimate expectations of the paying public, who must be persuaded to visit and revisit the museum if it is to be financially viable.



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