Elephant in the haunted castle
Leo The Last (2015)
Latymer Mapping Project (2013)
Pedal Power (2010)
A celebration of cycling in Oxfordshire: past, present and imagined future.
Museum of Oxford 24 July - 17 October 2009
Curated by Constantine Gras
“Wonderful exhibition that will hopefully give more power to your campaigning wheels.”
Oxford Councillor Susanna Pressel
"Thank you for the wonderful display that was seen by over 16,000 visitors."
Kate Toomey, Museum & Heritage Community Learning Officer at Museum of Oxford & Town Hall
"Cycle and photographic technologies were fruits of the Victorian period, both capable of causing excitement and derision in equal measure. Though initially restricted to certain social classes, they were destined to have a profound impact effecting notions of freedom and self image.
This exhibition will focus on the 1870’s - 1900’s, when cycling and photography were cutting edge technologies, the result of numerous inventors and small scale manufacturers.
Five individuals associated with Oxford will each be used to illustrate this early history that culminated in the Rover “safety” bicycle and the box brownie camera: the photographer Henry W. Taunt; Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll); Rev. Charsley, inventor of a special tricycle; the author Flora Thompson; and the industrial magnate Lord Nuffield.
Today the use of camera based technologies is ubiquitous. Speed, surveillance, and mobile phone cameras and internet sites such as Flickr and Youtube suggest that the photographic image has limitless use and fascination. Conversely within the UK, cycling and cyclists have become marginalised, with roads being dominated by the car. The city centre of Oxford presents a rare exception to this, and with the resurgence of innovation and current environmental concerns, cycling nationally has a brighter future. However, it must be remembered that a cyclist “has only one heart” and that this physiological limitation presents many challenges if bicycling is to match the ubiquity of camera use."
Text by Andrew Hawkins & Constantine Gras.
Link to BBC Slideshow