Curators will walk patrons through an unbelievable collection of over 30 historical bicycles from the National Cycle Museum, highlighting along the way the most important innovations from the bicycle’s 200-year history. Among the bikes that will be featured are the earliest Boneshakers, Hobby Horses and High-Wheelers dating back to the mid-19th century, all of which played a major role in the development of today’s bicycle. There will also be opportunities to see some of the most historically important bicycles from the 20th and 21st century, when competitive cycling blossomed into one of the best-love sports in the world.
Edward O’Brien Tracker
RAC Patrolman’s Bike
BSA Paratrooper’s Bike
The World Cycling Revival Festival are delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with some of the world’s finest photography houses to bring our patrons a stunning gallery of classic photography that tells the story of the bicycle and its role in society. To celebrate 200 years of the bicycle, we can think of no better way than to display some of the most captivating photographs from cycling’s golden age.
All of these prints will be for sale, with assistants on hand to order our patrons prints directly to their home in the weeks after the event, as well as provide a professional service in curation and discuss the works with our guests. Over the following pages are but a small sample of the kinds of photographs on display at the Cycling Revival Photography Exhibition.
Bikes and Bloomers
with author and historian Kat Jungnickel
We are excited to announce that Kat Jungnickel, senior lecturer in sociology and author of Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian Women Inventors and Their Extraordinary Cycle Wear will be joining us for the Cycling Revival Festival.
The bicycle in Victorian Britain is often celebrated as a vehicle of women’s liberation. But much less is known about another critical technology with which women forged new and mobile public lives – cycle wear. After three years of in-depth archival research and inventive practice, Kat Jungnickel brings to life in rich detail the lesser-known stories of six inventors and their unique contributions to cycling’s past, which continue to shape urban life for contemporary mobile women. See Kat Jungnickel talk about these extraordinary innovations at the World Cycling Revival Festival this June; we are looking forward to see what she will bring to the festival!
Revolution: How the Bicycle Reinvented Modern Britain
with Author and Historian William Manners
Revolution delves into the social history of cycling in 1890s Britain, while exploring international parallels across Europe, the US and Australia. Drawing on a range of sources, from cycling club journals to the writings of H.G. Wells, this book reveals the major impact which the bicycle had on the day-to-day lives of men and women across the social spectrum. From cycling as a source of fashion and socialising in sporting clubs, to travel around the British countryside, to its importance for widening the gene pool in remote rural areas and its significance in the women’s liberation movement, the bicycle is a marvel of modern technology that transformed modern Britain and the world over.
Author William Manners will be speaking at the World Cycling Revival Festival on some of the topics discussed in the book. William began the online blog ‘The Victorian Cyclist’ while studying a Masters in History at York University. he currently resides in Leeds where he has been working on this fantastic project.