Cycling Through Time

About This Project

A collection of historic bicycles on display at the Williamson.

This summer, Wirral welcomes the prestigious OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain for the very first time. To coincide with these incredible cycling events, the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to host this display of historic bicycles from the collection of the Museum of Liverpool.  This offers a glimpse into the history of bicycle development, and perfectly compliment a contemporary designer bike created from laminated wood by the Spanish company Cyclowood.  They make unique bicycles from precious woods such as ash, teak, walnut and cedar, and it takes more than 80 hour just to apply the varnish! This bike has kindly been lent for the display by FINSA UK, based in Birkenhead Docks.

The exhibition includes the classic ‘penny-farthing’ (or ‘Ordinary’) bicycle, and a selection from the late 19th century alongside 20th century designs.

The exhibition runs from 11th May until 22nd September, spanning the season of cycling events in Wirral.  This will also run concurrently with the Six Vessels exhibition, exploring the stories behind the history of shipbuilding in Wirral.

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Borough of Culture: Wirral 2019 part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

There will also be a historic bike suspended within Birkenhead Park Visitors’ Centre. Visitors may be interested in combining their visit to the Williamson for a visit to Wirral Tramway & Wirral Transport Museum.

For more exhibitions at the Williamson, check out our Events pages.

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