The P&P World Cycling Revival will feature some of the finest cycling exhibitions ever created. Patrons will be able to learn about the history and impact of the bicycle as well as view a never-before-seen collection of classic cycling photography.
The History of the Bicycle
with the National Cycle Museum
Curators will walk patrons through an unbelievable collection of 25 historical bikes from the National Cycle Museum, highlighting along the way the most important innovations from the bicycle’s 200-year history. A selection of the bikes that will be featured are the 1819 Hobby Horse, the 1880s Swift Safety Bicycle and the 1896 Beard Safety Bicycle, 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.
The Social History of Cycling
Patrons will learn how the Hobby Horse, a novelty running-aid invented in Germany in 1818, became one of the most important inventions of the industrial age and eventually revolutionised the way people travel, exercise and socialise in the decades to follow.
The Social History of Cycling exhibition will tell the story of the bicycle and the people who use it. It will explore the way the bicycle enabled social change throughout history, be it for the Suffragette movement in the early 20th century or as a means for people to find work, meet friends and start families further afield than traveling on foot would allow them.
The P&P World Cycling Revival 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. Below are a small sample of the kinds of photographs on display at the Cycling Revival Photography Exhibition.